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  • Design sketch of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (C 257)
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    The new CLS: Pioneer of an innovative design philosophy.

The timeless aura of the first CLS.

Its character is marked by a grille contour that widens towards the base and a forward-slanting front section. Other features include wide, low-set headlamps and two-section tail lights. At the same time the design reflects the timeless aura of the first CLS, which founded a new segment and quickly became a design icon. The new model has pure CLS genes with its arching waistline, flat side window lines and low greenhouse. At the same time it is another example of the logical evolution of the Sensual Purity design philosophy: sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced.

Design sketch of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (C 257)
Design sketch of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (C 257) by Robert Lesnik

Exterior in the style of Mercedes-Benz coupés.

“The new CLS is a design icon as the archetype of the four-door coupé. In line with our design philosophy of Sensual Purity, we have reduced its DNA in an extremely puristic way and at the same time emotionally charged it with elegant beauty,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. Striking front-end features include the diamond grille typical of Mercedes-Benz coupés, with a single louvre. The silhouette of the radiator grille widens towards the base, resembling the contours of the grille on the Mercedes-AMG GT. The bonnet is completely surrounded by body surfaces. The very flat and wide headlamps with inward-slanting flanks dynamically follow the contour of the grille.

Mercedes-AMG GT:
Fuel consumption combined: 11.4–9.4 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 259–219 g/km.*

Muscular rear shoulder.

The side design is characterised by the high, arching waistline and the sporty, low greenhouse with frameless side windows. The forward-slanting front end is reminiscent of a shark’s nose, and appears longer thanks to the fully inset bonnet.


The contours follow the design philosophy of Sensual Purity: lines and edges are greatly reduced, and the surfaces are generously arched. Also typical of the CLS is the muscular rear shoulder line which blends smoothly into the flat rear end.


Design sketch of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (C 257)

Edgelight backlighting.

Characteristic coupé features include the two-section tail lights, reflectors positioned in the rear bumper, location of the registration plate in the bumper and the Mercedes star at the centre of the boot lid. Like the headlamps, the LED tail lights with Edgelight backlighting have a crystalline appearance and create a three-dimensional effect. Their low positioning accentuates the width of the vehicle.

Interior: Consistent colour scheme.

The luxurious interior of the CLS Coupé impresses with its clear basic lines, and echoes the sensual, flowing contours of the exterior. For a flowing overall impression, the wave-like course of the interior design extends from the front to the rear doors, opening up at the B‑pillars. As a new highlight of the ambience lighting, the illuminated air vents are reminiscent of jet aircraft turbines. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.

The interior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (C 257) with Nappa leather marsala brown/espresso brown and brown high-gloss ash wood trim

Seats with hand-finished appearance.

The ambience lighting is individually adjustable in 64 colours, and also includes the air vents. When the temperature setting of the air conditioning system is changed, it briefly changes colour to show whether the temperature is being made warmer or cooler.


The seats were designed exclusively for this model series. Depending on the interior, they feature high-quality piping or transverse seams. The outer seats in the rear have the same appearance as the front seats, creating a sporty individual seat impression.