This is the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLS. We think. We’ve split-screened this and the old one and we’d swear it was just a facelift, but apparently we’d be wrong.
The images have been leaked by various social media channels (whoops) a day before its scheduled debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
They’re low-res files, but we get our first full look at the front, the back and the interior, where we can see the same sort of ambient lighting line as we’ve already clocked in the new A-Class. Expect that to change colours, like the smaller car’s does.
Mercedes’ designers have pinched the outer edges of the single-unit headlights, making them more triangular than before. The silhouette must be more or less identical partly thanks to a roof line that involved some fine use of copy and paste.
The grille is still vaguely trapezoidal, but this time the wider part is at the bottom, giving the impression of a lower, schpordier nose. On the lower bumper the grille apertures are much the same shapes and sizes as before.
Changes are more significant at the back. The flat, horizontal upper line running across the tailgate is in keeping with Mercedes’ latest – and stoically Germanic – designs, while we can also see the kind of fake exhaust trims that we’ve moaned about more than once. It looks very aerodynamic, at least, to give the slippery shape its due.