Mercedes raised quite a few eyebrows in 2004 when it launched the CLS as a sexier version of the E-Class. The three-pointed star was criticized by some for releasing a redundant product, but here we are, 16 years later, and the swoopy sedan is alive and well. While the original version is widely considered the most attractive, the third-gen model unveiled in late 2017 is also a spectator, and these spy photos show that a nip and pullback is coming.
Our spies had the opportunity to catch not only any version of CLS, but in fact the top of the line AMG 53. As you all know, the CLS 63 had to die for the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé to live in the over-complicated Mercedes lineup. where the distinctions between segments are not what they used to be. With the camouflage only up front, we’re tempted to believe that the prototype didn’t have all the new features, as we expect the rear to get a modified bumper and updated taillight graphics. day.
The CLS is highly unlikely to undergo the same major updates that the E-Class facelift recently did, not that it needs a lot of changes as it continues to feel fresh inside and out. outside. In a perfect world, we’d have more wagons than SUVs, and the return of the CLS Shooting Brake would be nice, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
The test vehicle spotted near AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach is a sign that Mercedes is likely preparing the updated CLS for a 2021 launch. At the moment, it looks like the grille has been changed and the visor front shocks could mask different air intakes. With no version 63 in sight, we wouldn’t hold our breath for the Panamericana grille, but the aftermarket scene is happy to oblige.
While it hasn’t received the full AMG treatment, the CLS 53 is no slouch. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and peaks at 270 km / h (167 mph) electronically capped thanks to a smooth and silky straight-six with 429 hp and 520 Nm (384 lb- pi) to the tap and to an electric motor. providing an additional growl. Whether those numbers will increase with the facelift remains to be seen, but we wouldn’t count on a major bump as it would overlap with spicier versions of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.