2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Preview

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Its official world premiere won't come until the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but we have the first official images and details on the upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class for you fresh from under its midnight embargo.

Though the timing is certainly inconvenient, the 2012 CLS-Class is anything but. As the first-gen CLS-Class was the groundbreaker in the coupe-sedan segment, the second-gen CLS-Class carries forward its sleek and elegant shape with a fresh face and updated interior.

The new exterior remains instantly recognizable as the CLS profile, but adds some details from the new SLS AMG at the front end, with a separately formed grille, larger air inlets, and no fewer than 71 LEDs in the all-new full-LED headlights. New surface lines along the side and above the rear fender accent the car's shape without changing the outline.

Inside, the 2012 CLS-Class gets a wraparound dashboard, integrated center display, and a range of new materials with satin, high-gloss and metal surfaces throughout. Matte galvanized air vents and an analog clock are also part of the standard kit. Quality wood trim, aniline leather, and optional piano black lacquer or carbon fiber elements are also available.

Powertrain specs and other details are being held back for now, but we expect the 2012 CLS-Class to get the new direct-injected twin turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 engine to replace the 5.5-liter V-8 of the CLS550 and CSL500. The seven-speed automatic transmission is likely to remain, though Mercedes' 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox could slot into its place.

We'll have the full details and live photos from the floor of the Paris show this September, but until then, enjoy the gallery above, and hit page two for the full press release.


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