Dead: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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Dead: Mercedes-Benz CLS-ClassMercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz will end production of the CLS-Class, the company confirmed on Monday.

"In consideration of the global growth potential, and as part of our strategic product portfolio planning, we have decided to end the lifecycle of the CLS on August 31, 2023, with the changeover of the E-Class to the 214 model series," a spokesperson for the company told The Drive.

The current CLS-Class shares its underpinnings and powertrains with the outgoing E-Class. So, it's not surprising to see it phased out with the introduction of the new E-Class, which was revealed in April.

One could say the writing has been on the wall for the CLS since the introduction of the AMG GT 4-Door. Released in 2018, it occupied a similar spot in the company's lineup, with a similar shape, a similar footprint, and similar powertrain offerings. So it's no surprise to see it go.


Mercedes told The Drive that customers looking for a sleek four-door vehicle in its lineup should consider its EQE or EQS, two admittedly less elegant vehicles.

"In our opinion, our current product portfolio addresses emotionally appealing design more than ever," the spokesperson said. In this respect, models such as the EQE and EQS with their coupe-like lines offer attractive alternatives both in terms of design and price segment. Furthermore, the 4-door AMG GT will continue to be part of the model range as a four-door coupe."

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We can't help feel a little bit sad about the death of the CLS. Introduced in 2005, it was the first car to kick off the modern "four-door coupe" trend thanks to its sleek fastback design and low-slung stance. The car would go on to spawn competitors like the stunning Audi A7 and elegant 6-Series Gran Coupe, which are still in production in one form or another. The CLS was a trendsetter. May it rest in peace.

via The Drive

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