Mercedes-Benz has some major changes in store for its product line over the coming years, with several key models receiving facelifts and complete name changes. We have already seen this with the new 2010 E-Class Coupe, which has replaced the CLK, and soon we will see the CL name phased out with the introduction of a facelifted model later this year. The updated car will come in for the 2011 model year and go by the new name of S-Class Coupe.

The current C216 CL was first introduced at the end of 2006 but prototypes for the facelifted version have been spotted testing in Germany as early as August of 2008. Last year we saw images of the high-performance AMG model but these latest shots depict the standard model. New details include a more upright grille highlighted with a single chrome bar, as well the new headlight design and LED daytime running lights.

In the rear we can clearly see full LED rear lights, a new bumper design and rectangular-shaped exhaust tips. Other changes planned include new indicators in the side mirrors.

Mercedes-Benz engineers are expected to make a major change to the CL’s powertrain lineup for the new S-Class Coupe, with a new family of ‘MoVe’ modular V-6 and V-8 engines with direct-injection and turbocharging technology set to replace the current V-8 and V-12 units. There could also be a number of modifications to the exhaust filtering systems to help improve emissions.

Expect the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe to make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show in October.