In the face of such exotica, MERCEDES’ announcement of the first replacement CLS looked almost mundane at the Paris Show. In fact, the new car is less dramatic than the CLS that broke cover seven years ago, and created what was then known as the first “four-door coupe”—a contradiction in terms, but a beautiful piece of automobilia. The numberthat sold here stunned Mercedes-Benz South Africa, the car essentially being pretty much style before practicality. The new car, which incorporates the trademark chiselled nose, looks more modern, but less elegant. But it’ll tick all the modern boxes, such as reduction in fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent, a significant new electro-mechanical steering system, and it’s the first car to be fitted with LED-only headlamps.
Text by Stuart Johnston