Mercedes unveils CLS updated inside and out

Exterior revisions include an altered front bumper with larger air ducts.

Mercedes-Benz has released pictures of the refreshed CLS sedan that show a number of subtle midlife changes.

Exterior styling revisions include an altered front bumper with greater structure and larger air ducts, a reshaped grille with a diamond-pattern plastic insert, and headlamps that will come standard with LED operation for both the low and high beam as well as the daytime running lamps.

A nine-speed automatic transmission will come standard with all but the AMG models.

Inside, the CLS gets subtle upgrades, including a new 8-inch monitor, a redesigned three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and what Mercedes says is simplified operation for the center console controls.

The photos were unveiled before the coupelike sedan's public premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, which opens this week.

The CLS is scheduled to reach North American dealers in November.

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