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Mercedes teases tech-packed 2018 CLS saloon

Ever the car tech tease, Mercedes has released an image that shows off a little of the upcoming 2018 CLS saloon interior.

Like pretty much every modern Merc, the next CLS is leaning hard of having infotainment and car tech credentials as well a classic Teutonic performance.

The teaser image shows a single pane of glass covering what appears to be two displays, one for the driver that presents a digital dashboard, and the other for serving up infotainment and car settings.

Such settings include the expected air conditioning controls through to seat massages, which should make the CLS interior a very nice place to be when eating up the miles on UK motorways and A roads.

It’s difficult to tell from the image, but the display unit looks like it has a bit of a shroud on it, which would take away from the slightly sci-fi floating panel that the upcoming A-Class hatchback will have.

But whereas the A-Class shows off its tech with automotive pride, the new CLS is more or a refined machine. It looks to be presenting its tech in a more subtle fashion, though we expect it will have just as many bells and whistles in terms of touchpad controls and integration with smartphones and other technology.

The overall design of the 2018 CLS is also pretty refined, mixing smooth lines from the S-Class and moving away from the more aggressive angles of its predecessor and the E-Class which it’s closely related to.

But there’s still a little drama in the design. The turbine-like fans that sit below the infotainment panel glow red or blue depending on whether they’re heating or cooling, and the front and rear lights of the CLS are sharply angled and make heavy use of LEDs.

The new CLS will make a proper debut at the LA Motor Show this week, and will likely set a solid standard on what to expect from a German saloon car.

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