Mercedes' replacement for the genre-defining CLS four-door coupe has been showcased at the Paris motor show.
The original was only launched in 2007, but Mercedes has decided it's already time for a new look in line with the recently-launched SLS.
As before, the CLS is based on the running gear of the E Class saloon, but it sits lower and longer. The wheelbase has been stretched slightly compared to the previous car to tackle criticism of the poor rear legroom, but it remains a strict four-seater.
The dashboard is lifted from the E Class too, but some extra pizzazz has been added.
A new narrow-angle V6 featuring direct injection and stop-start technology is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 24 percent, while a V8, downsized from 5.4 to 4.7-litres and kitted with twin turbos, produces a third more torque, 12 percent more power and reduced consumption and emissions.
Diesels include Mercedes' latest 231bhp direct injection 3.0-litre V6, while a new 2.1-litre turbo four promises excellent fuel consumption. All these engines come with Mercedes' seven-speed automatic, and stop-start systems are expected on most if not all versions.
The CLS goes on sale in the UK in March.