New details can be seen on the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, including the roofline and lighting shapes. This prototype is less padded than before.

A new set of photos featuring the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS surfaced this week.  The photos show a car with less padding, giving us some insight into its design.

The prototype featured in the pictures appears to have a shorter trunk that smoothly integrates with the roofline.  Windows appear to be bigger, and side mirrors are squared off.  Headlights on the new model may be a bit more conventionally shaped, not quite rising as much towards the wheel-wells.

Taillights also take a new shape, stretching upwards instead of downwards.  LEDs also appear to be present.

Previously spied were the vehicle's rectangular tailpipes and the sunroof.  Both items are still seen in the new photos.

The new 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS should be launched sometime next year.  A BlueHybrid version of the "2+2" is expected, as well as petrol and diesel models ranging up to the 530+ horsepower AMG unit.

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