2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Spied Testing, But It Doesn’t Clear Anything Up

There are quite a few rumors surrounding the next-generation four-door coupe.

Expected to arrive in 2018, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS could be split into two separate models. Reports say the German automaker is considering a more basic CLE, while the CLS would become an AMG-branded model, moving upmarket to become a more fierce competitor with the Porsche Panamera and other sport sedans. What we do know for sure is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will ride on the company’s Modular Rear Architecture (MRA), currently found underpinning the new E-Class.

As a result, expect to see the CLS get lighter, longer and roomier, while packing all the new technologies introduced in both the E- and S-Class models. That includes more semi-autonomous driving features and a fancier interior.

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Although the CLS slots between the E- and S-Class models, shoppers see it as a different segment because of its four-door coupe styling. Expect engine options for the model to be borrowed from the E-Class because it shares the same platform. That also means a plug-in hybrid variant is likely for the new model.

It also sounds like the shooting brake or wagon variant will be discontinued due to slow sales.

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