Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Could Split Into Two Models

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes-Benz is currently developing the next-generation CLS four-door coupe.

According to an Automotive News report, the CLS successor will arrive in 2018 and is expected to ride on the automaker’s Modular Rear Architecture (MRA). The platform currently underpins the new Mercedes E-Class sedan and will help make the new CLS lighter, longer and roomier. Expect the next-gen model to benefit from new technologies the new E-Class features, like semi-autonomous driving and a much more upscale interior.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS400 4Matic Review

The big news is, the next-gen CLS could result in Mercedes creating two four-door coupe models. The CLE nameplate is being tossed around as a possibility, as the more basic offering for the lineup. The CLS will become an AMG-branded model and move upmarket to better take on the new Porsche Panamera and its competitors.

Other rumors suggest the German automaker will axe the wagon, or shooting brake, variant from the lineup, which was never sold in the U.S.

[Source: Automotive News]

Discuss this story on our Mercedes-Benz Forum

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

More by Jason Siu

Join the conversation