The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was revealed for Europe recently, and the version bound for the U.S. is expected to look about the same. While the changes are subtle, the 2015 CLS brings the swoopy sedan in line with the rest of Mercedes' lineup. But are the revisions enough to keep the CLS, the car that started the four-door coupe trend, looking fresh? We compare the new to the old below (2015 models are on the left, while pre-refresh cars are on the right).
The CLS' front end maintains its familiar shape with a single horizontal bar bisecting the silver arrow emblem in the grille, but receives Mercedes' hypnotic, ripple-effect grille mesh finished in matte-chrome. CLS63 AMG models get the Affalterbach-based tuning arm's "twin-blade" grille and A-wing front valance design theme. CLS models gain new LED headlights, however, the fancy MultiBeam headlights aren't likely to make it stateside due to U.S. lighting regulations. The front valance has also been revised, now featuring larger intake openings.
In back, the 2015 CLS-Class adds dark-tinted LED taillights, along with small vents at the sides of the rear bumper. The AMG version's bumper is subtly reshaped, but still integrates the signature four squared-off exhaust tips.
The biggest change inside the 2015 CLS-Class is made to the center stack. Instead of a recessed, dash-integrated infotainment screen, the new model gets a floating, tablet-like unit placed above the central HVAC vents. That screen is also larger than the outgoing model's at 8 inches, and gets updated nav and infotainment software.
Are the 2015 CLS-Class' updates enough to keep up with four-door coupe competitors Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe? Tell us in the comments below.