By and large, the tape appears simply applied over the bodywork to hide details like lamp units and rear window shape, but the contour on the rear wings could disguise a prominent wheelarch bulge, like that seen on the B-Class and M-Class, and also tipped for the forthcoming S-Class. What is clear despite the disguise is that the next-generation CL has a bonnet standing proud of hunkered front wings.
Developed on the same platform as the upcoming S-Class, the CL, Mercedes' biggest luxury coupé, will also feature a lot of the new technology that will feature on the next S-Class, so expect developments of Mercedes' active safety systems like Pre Safe and Brake Assist Plus.
Engines will also mirror those in higher-grade S-Class models; a 5.0-litre V8 and 6.0-litre V12 likely to be the debutant models, with AMG versions following later. The CL's S-Class sister-model will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September '05, but we'd imagine that the CL won't make its debut until a few months later, perhaps at the 2006 Detroit show next January.