Seeing as how the four-door coupe market has exploded in the last few years, Mercedes-Benz, the creator of this niche with the old CLS, had a big task ahead of itself with the next generation CLS Class.
Now, after many spy shots and rumors, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS has been officially revealed in all of its four-door coupe glory.
As you can see, the new model boasts a more aggressive design, but still in the arching lines that made its predecessor such a popular limousine. We can see more aggressive angles in the front, as well as the first full LED headlight assembly, with 71 individual LEDs composing the main headlight, running light, turn signals and side lamps.
We can see LED technology in the rear as well, while the side design borrows some cues from the already revealed 2011 CL Class.
On the inside, the same attention to detail is present, as is a new three-spoke steering wheel with multiple controls. The new CLS also boasts the same gear selector as its other cousins, the S and CL Classes.
Engines have yet to be detailed, but you can expect two gasoline versions to appear for the US market. the CLS350 will most likely get a direct injection 3.5-liter V6, while the CLS550 will get a twin-turbo V8. Further down the line you can also expect an AMG performance version, probably with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8.
Expect more details about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, but until then feel free to check out the photo gallery below and a presentation video after the jump.
Photo Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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