When the first-gen CLS was launched back in 2004 Mercedes-Benz hit a home run with the car’s coupe-isa roof line and fastback proportions, for those that prioritized looks to practicality.

After the original’s huge success on the sales charts, with over 170,000 built over the car’s seven-year life span, it was no wonder Mercedes-Benz released a successor in 2010 with arguably less dramatic styling. Now that it’s nearly time for the all-new third-generation CLS to surface, Mercedes is due to get back its design mojo with the new car in an attempt to take back control in the niche segment it started in the first place - now there are all manner of rivals to contend with, from the upcoming new Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe to even the Jaguar XJ.

The third-gen CLS will forego any surface flaming and go instead with simple lines and clean panels, with the brand’s latest front end signature look. Like in the new S-Class, you can expect several trim levels and engine options including a new inline-six cylinder as well as the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in top-spec AMG models.

The interior too will evolve Mercedes’ new look with a double-display and the latest generation connectivity systems.