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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class First Drive: A Swoopy E-Class With a Fantastic New Engine



Once upon a time, I had a coworker who used a very specific word to describe cars with sleek, flowing lines: Swoopy. (Somehow, she always managed to say it in italics.) While she first dropped the term in reference to the now-defunct Hyundai Elantra coupe, the word always brought to mind another car: the first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which more or less created the now-ubiquitous "four-door coupe" trend when it hit the streets back in 2004.

While the second-gen CLS traded the sinuous, aquatic style of its predecessor for a wide-hipped, muscular body that brought to mind the likes of a toned CrossFit-alete—something about it always reminded me of Jessica Biel in Blade: Trinity—the third-generation model, set to land in U.S. dealerships later this fall, harkens more back towards the clean lines of that first CLS that seem almost heroin-chic compared to the toned sheetmetal of the second. Whether that's a positive or negative move is ultimately in the eye of the beholder; personally, my taste goes more towards Biel than Moss, but I won't argue that the 2019 CLS is one purdy car.

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