Mercedes-Benz's new CL premium coupe is scheduled to be unveiled at the opening of the automaker's newly expanded museum in Stuttgart, Germany, in late May 2006.
The two-door car, code-named C216, will use the same underpinnings as the new S-class upper-premium sedan. The cars will be produced at the company's plant in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart.
The new CL will be marginally longer and wider than today's car. Spy photos published by AutoWeek, Automotive News Europe's sister publication, reveal that the car's distinctive twin rounded-headlamp design will be supplanted by a single, slim bi-xenon treatment that wraps back into the fenders for a more angular look.
Frameless side windows and a heavily curved roofline maintain the theme of today's model, but body surfacing is tauter and the bumpers more sculptured, giving the car a more aggressive appearance.
Bulging front wheel arches and broader rear haunches enhance the effect. Hidden under the disguise on the spied prototype is a deep styling line on the side of the car extending to the taillights.
The four-seater's interior is designed around a new rotary control device for in-car electronics that is similar to BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI.
The control sits between the front seats and works in combination with a large monitor mounted in its own binnacle on the dashboard.
Like the new S class, the CL will be a technological showcase for Mercedes.
Advanced features expected on the CL are an infrared night vision system that uses cameras to detect obstacles in low light conditions, and second-generation Pre-Safe, with close-proximity radar that warns the driver when braking distances to cars or objects ahead are judged to be critical.
Standard features include air suspension, active body control, adaptive headlights, radar-based active cruise control, and up to eight airbags.