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Mercedes The Hutt Freezes 2012 CLS In Carbonite

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This sculpture previews the 2012 Mercedes CLS. Basically, it's looks like the current CLS with a lower rear, more exaggerated lines and the grille from the SLS AMG, all of which is a good thing.

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Don't ask us why Mercedes chose to preview the car with a sculpture, but we can only assume it owed the company money and this will all culminate in a hover battle over a big sand worm. The CLS was the car that started the whole nonsensical, yet good-looking four-door coupe thing, so expect the production vehicle to again make Jaguar look bad by offering a lithe four-door that puts looks first and practicality last. Expect to see that A-class-sized Merc badge on more Benzes too.

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

Seems like they're following BMW in going back to the retro upright (or even forward-raked) grille. Looks great, but I do wonder about how it affects aero, which has driven a lot of design over the past decade or so.