With its baby brother, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, getting all the attention lately, it’s no surprise that the larger Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has fallen by the wayside. According to these spy photos, though, the original “four-door coupe” should be getting a refresh sometime soon with updated looks up front and a new interior infotainment system that mirrors the new system in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The current Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was last redesigned for the 2012 model year, and the facelift seen in these photos looks to revise the front end with more modern, swept-back headlights and a slightly more prominent front grille that may adopt the concentric-dots pattern seen on the CLA-Class's grille. These new headlights are expected to adopt a new LED lighting system with an active high-beam system that adapts to the ambient light of the car’s surroundings. Although the front and rear bumpers are disguised in these photos, we expect small fascia changes to update the car’s look.
On the inside, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class replaces its display screen sunken into the dash with a new tablet-like display screen that sits on top of the dashboard like in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and CLA-Class. Curiously, the new CLS-Class does not appear to have the new COMAND controller from the C-Class that includes a larger touchpad that responds to touch controls like swiping and clicking from the driver. It’s possible that the CLS-Class’ older interior design is not ready to accommodate this system just yet.
Other than these exterior and interior improvements, don’t expect many other changes for the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The CLS is currently offered in three models in two models in the U.S.: the CLS550 with a 4.6-liter turbocharged V-6 making 402 hp and the CLS63 AMG 4Matic with a turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 with 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque.
We expect this facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class to arrive as a 2015 model.