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Here's The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS With The Awesome New Straight Six

Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag

When it debuted back in the Bush Years, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was a shocking style icon for an otherwise-reserved company. Now we have, uh, this. It’s the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS. And while we’ve come to expect that shape by now, what’s under the hood is very special.

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Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag

You’re not supposed to see this car. Australia’s Motoring published their story for this car’s debut at the LA Auto Show a few days early and has since deleted it. Oh well. Wheelsmag and CarScoops saved the photos and now we can see the car in its blandness as it is.

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The problem with this car is it can never really live up to that unexpected first entry into the four-door-coupe niche previously only occupied by, hm, the Pontiac Grand Prix? The last one sort of had that look, I swear.

Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag

In any case, the style-for-style’s-sake CLS now looks more corporate than ever, though it has angry headlights now.

Apparently the CLS will now be a five-seater, but more importantly it’s getting MB’s new inline six.

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There’ll be the I6 in its normal twin-turbo 3.0-liter form, which should make anything from around 360 to 500 horsepower with a 48-volt hybrid assist. These figures come from Wheelsmag reporting what Motoring.com.au took down, and it’s probably wise to take them with a grain of salt. The Australian car magazine industry is notoriously optimistic.

Still, that engine is gonna be wonderful, even if the car it’s in kind of looks like a sad robot.

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Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag
Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz via Motoring.com.au via Wheelsmag

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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