2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS/CLE Spied Trying to Hide Its Sleek Production Headlights

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While it might seem like the original Mercedes-Benz CLS invented the four-door coupe, the model actually popularized the concept, with the automaker refining the formula using the current CLS. The German engineers are now out testing the third generation of the model and we're here with a fresh spy clip.
The sloping roofline four-door may keep its CLS moniker, as the nomenclature change Mercedes-Benz released in 2014 showed (we've included a slideshow in the image gallery to your right). Then again, with the company appearing to be on a constant hunt for upgrading the nameplates in its portfolio, we can't rule out the possibility of the generation change marking the switch to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLE name. This would only highlight the fact that, under the skin, the model has a tight relationship with the E-Class.

However, with the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform now sitting under the S-Class, C-Class and E-Class, it's difficult to point out an exact link. Speaking of which, the prototype in this spy video seems to be a bit longer than the W213 E-Class, while its hood appears to have grown compared to that of the current CLS. And with the generous rear overhang still in position, the profile of the four-door coup remains easy to distinguish.

Since Mercedes-Benz is currently working to complete the development of a modular in-line six engine family, these units will find their way under the hood of the new CLS/CLE, but not before showing up on the 2018 S-Class facelift next year, where the carmaker's 48-volt system will demonstrate its mild hybrid assistance.

As far as the styling details are concerned, we'll focus on the light clusters for now, since the prototype seen here packs the production headlights and taillights underneath the camo.

We've already seen the Multibeam LED headlights at work on the CLS found in Mercedes-Benz showrooms nowadays, with the generation change set to bring multiple changes, starting with a styling overhaul that will make the units appear much sleeker.

You shouldn't let the strategically-placed camouflage on the rear part of the test car trick you, as Mercedes-Benz seems to have a thing for such stunts nowadays. For example, the 2018 E-Class Coupe prototype still makes it seem like the Audi A5 has been a source of greenhouse inspiration.

And with the Germans also having a thing for delivering an elaborate striptease process with its prototypes, we'll have plenty of occasions to discuss the 2018 CLS/CLE until the vehicle's debut, which should take place in 2018.

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