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Back in March, Wald previewed its Black Bison package for the newly-revamped Mercedes CLS, and now we can feast our eyes on official photos of the finish product.
The complete Black Bison kit will come with an all new front bumper, complete with LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake light, exhaust tips, plus a trunk and roof spoiler. You’ll be able to pair the styling package up with available Wald wheels for the new-generation CLS, though we personally wouldn’t go for the ones on the demo car.
Many of Wald’s designs have been misses in the past, but this kit is undoubtedly a hit!
GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Mercedes-Benz CLS
Clearly Mercedes-Benz‘s newest CLS is going to be the real hot kid on the block and the aftermarket is well aware of this, jumping on it quicker than we’ve seen in recent years. Wald is the latest tuner committing to the new CLS and it looks like they’ll be bringing their oddly-named Black Bison treatment, giving the CLS an even sportier look.
Like most Black Bison kits, Wald will outfit the new generation CLS with a wider body complete with a new front bumper add-on, side skirts and we’ll assume a rear diffuser. From there, it’s safe to assume that the CLS will receive a lowering module of some sort and will be outfitted with a set of Wald wheels.
Changing the sculpted lines of the new CLS quite a bit, it’s not the most attractive offering but is sure to appeal to some. Perhaps more exciting will be the tuning packages that are sure to follow for the new turbocharged V8 engines.
In a bid to offer competitive products with the likes of BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz will offer a wagon version of the upcoming second-generation CLS. The car will compete directly with vehicles like the new BMW 5 Series GT and Audi A7 Sportback.
Based on the same architecture as the CLS sedan and, therefore, the E-Class, the CLS Wagon (or Estate) is expected to arrive late in 2011 as a 2012 model. The CLS sedan is due out later this year. According to a report in the U.K.’s AutoCar, this new model is part of a larger plan by Mercedes to use existing platforms for more models in an effort to reduce costs.
The CLS Wagon will take its design inspiration from the Concept Fascination, pictured above. A new concept car, set to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in a weeks time, should also give some clues to the future of Mercedes design.
AutoCar also reports that a new lineup of turbocharged and direct-injection V6 ad V8 engines will be used in the new CLS and CLS Wagon, which should help improve fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent over the current powerplants. Those engines will arrive in a facelifted CL model due out later this year.
GALLERY: Mercedes Concept Fascination