Ridicule, realization, recognition, respect: Mercedes critics and indeed even a few fans went through all four phases when the iconic brand debuted the world’s first “ four-door coupe” in 2003. The CLS as it was dubbed went on to become one of their most popular and forward-looking models, a storyline that is now entering a new chapter with the introduction of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS. We recently had the opportunity to test out both initially available versions, the CLS 450 and CLS 450 4MATIC, on a day’s drive from Brooklyn to Natirar, a historic estate in New Jersey, the perfect setting for the sleek and stylish sedan.
The CLS’ fluid lines have long been its hallmark, and the 2019 version further, the third generation, refines the while maintaining an aesthetic connection to its forebears with an arching waistline, flat side window lines and low greenhouse. “The new CLS is a design icon as the archetype of the four-door coupe,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes parent Daimler AG. “In line with our hot & cool design philosophy, we have reduced its DNA to an extremely puristic level while emotionally charging its beauty.” That also plays into Sensual Purity,…