Reimaging a design that was so revolutionary for its day is a tricky proposition. Time has moved on, as have safety regulations and Mercedes has had to account for that. Pedestrian safety regulations in Europe require more blunt front ends and you can see that in the CLS’s front grille. As if to compensate, the sides of the new CLS are more creased, muscular and curvaceous.
Mercedes has added more than a dollop of technology to the new CLS. The most visible bit of technological wizardry are full LED headlamps. There are a total of 71 LED’s used in the headlight. Light signatures seem to preoccupy all automotive stylists these days and Mercedes promises that the new headlights on the CLS will be unmistakable at night while providing excellent illumination.
Four animal skins in each 2012 Mercedes CLS
Also receiving a lot of attention is the new CLS’s interior. One line that really popped out of the press release is the statement that “Four animal skins are processed for each CLS.” Mercedes goes into even more detail about the leather, “The natural pore structure remains intact thanks to a light pigmentation, and the leather has an especially warm and soft feel to it. Premium leather requires a very precise manual selection process and therefore a high amount of raw leather.” It is rather uncommon these days for a manufacturer to brag about the high number of animals used in their product.
The CLS has been a brilliant way for Mercedes to repackage the E-Class mechanicals and collect new buyers and more profits. Rather than upsetting the applecart, the brand has touched up the sedan’s looks and added some of the latest gadgets to keep the money rolling in for another six or seven years. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS will make its official debut at the Paris Motor show which will be held between October 2nd and 17th, 2010.