German media is reporting Mercedes-Benz will unveil the facelifted CLS range on June 23, prior to a mid-September market release.

German media is reporting Mercedes-Benz will unveil the facelifted CLS range on June 23, prior to a mid-September market release.

Don't expect any drastic changes as the updates will be modest across the entire CLS range even though Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche said it will be a "new generation." When the second-gen CLS came out in 2010 it was the first Mercedes-Benz to be offered with dynamic adaptive LED headlamps and the technology was taken further last year with the new S-Class that comes with Active Multibeam ILS LED technology which will also find its way inside the facelifted CLS range.

Exterior changes will be limited to mildly modified bumpers and side skirts, along slightly revised headlights/taillights graphics and some subtle changes to the front grille. While the current version comes with a built-in display, the facelifted CLS will adopt a rather controversial free-standing iPad-like screen also seen in the A- and B-Class range. Another modification will consist of an update to the COMAND Online system with NTG 5.0 version.

Engine lineup will be carried over but it should be noted the facelifted CLS is going to be the first U.S.-spec Mercedes-Benz model to be offered with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that made its debut last year in the facelifted E350 BlueTec.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS facelift to be unveiled on June 23, on sale mid-September - report