First drive: Mercedes CLS

The latest version of Mercedes CLS promises to retain the four-door coupe's rakish charm and good driving dynamics while adding in a better-quality interior and some seriously clever tech. AOL Cars gets behind the wheel at launch in Barcelona to see what it's like.

What is it?

The Mercedes CLS popularised the four-door coupe bodystyle that's since been adopted by Audi and Mercedes. The original CLS broke the mold of what a large, luxurious executive car could look like, but the second-generation car failed to set hearts alight in the way its predecessor managed.

This third-generation model appears to have its mojo back, though, with a silhouette more akin to the original as well as a tech-filled interior shared with the E-Class.