The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS has just been spotted testing. This new model will mark the third generation of the company’s popular sedan, and an update that was badly needed considering the last outright redesign came back in 2012. The newest model will also be retaining its CLS nameplate, contradictory to the speculation that the vehicle’s proximity to the E-Class could compel Mercedes to change its name to CLE. Considering that the CLS was one of the models that paved the way for the prevailing fastback sedan trend, Mercedes-Benz is right on. Moreover, the CLS is making is forging its way to an icon-like status, so it would make no sense to stop it in its tracks now.

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From what we can gather from the spy shots, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be taking a lot of cues from the aforementioned E-Class. The best example of this is the dashboard, which clearly takes a lot of inspiration from it. However, the CLS will feature a longer and wider body that the E-Class models, and since it seems like this model will be the link between the two classes, it makes complete sense. The new model will be riding on a familiar MRA platform design that can be found underpinning all the C-Class and E-Class vehicles.

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Engine and Powertrain

If we rely on the fact that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be using the MRA platform, the new model could be offered with the choice between rear- and all-wheel drive systems, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and a plug-in hybrid capability, like the other MRA underpinned vehicles. The powertrain options could vary from the brand-new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder engine to a far more powerful, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, developed by AMG. Moreover, AMG might be thinking about introducing a CLS63 or even a CLS43 version of the new CLS.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Release Date and Price

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is yet to receive a release date, but it is expected to debut sometime in 2018, as a 2019 model. Sadly, the Shoothing Brake station wagon version of the CLS is likely to be dropped by Mercedes for the 2019 model year, even though it received rave reviews from fans and enthusiasts alike, when it first debuted back in 2012. We expect the pricing to stay more of the same, with a starting price of $67.000. and going all the way up to $85.000 for the fully-loaded version.

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