MERCEDES DESIGN SPECIAL (new CL class, dashboard)




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DESIGN SKETCHES FOR THE NEW CL

MERCEDES DASHBOARD REVIEW

DRAFTS FOR OTHER MODELS

The CL dashboard, as shown on the press photos shows already more classic luxury, although it bases on the S-class' one. Modifications with the centre console make it appearing more premium, and not so clinical like that of the sedan. But the exterior evidences the new philosophy much better. In direct comparison to the predecessor, the changes in its personality may not seem so significant. Considering the house's recent 4-door models, on the other hand, the S-class-based coupe seems less sporty, almost boring. Instead it features some classic Mercedes coupe design cues.

The front view reminds one a bit of the 1980's C126, because of the lamps/grille ratio whereas the panorama rear window is well known from three out of its six predecessors. The rear-end, in contrast, looks a bit Jaguar-like. For sure, that's no shame and it's one of a few details that add a touch of jauntiness to the 2-door Benz. Critics object that it looks too ordinary and too less Mercedes-like. And regarding the rear lights they are right! They seem like being taken from any Korean midsize car. There would be definitely nothing wrong with a little more sophistication.

DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, has recently proclaimed in an interview that he wants to offer a segment's best product with Mercedes Benz. In view of the prices, this is nothing but a matter of course. Fortunately it appears that DC - in contrast to VW - mean business with their image restoring programme. And that's not only a matter of reliability, safety and quality, but also - in the case of Mercedes luxury cars - one of lordly exteriors and comfy cabins, instead of cheap, trendy Micky Mouse design as it was particularly the case with the house's upper class vehicles in the last decade. Next editorial: Design sketches for the CL > Next




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