The spy shots, captured by the sleuths at Motor Authority, reveal a car already well into the development and testing process. The grille is more pronounced and the headlights get the new corporate look along with LED accents.
LEDs feature at the rear as well, along with a redesigned rear fascia and new exhaust tips. Side repeater lamps and side mirrors are also on the expected update list.
The current Mercedes CL was only introduced in late 2006, so the facelift and renaming to S-Class Coupe comes at the car's mid-cycle point. Because of that and the CL's generally solid design, don't expect Mercedes to change the powertrain lineup significantly, if at all.
Mercedes' current selection of V8 and V12 engines across the standard and AMG variants should prove more than adequate for the upgrade to S-Class status, though emissions tweaks, power output and new stop-start and direct-injection technologies could make an appearance to help meet tough new European economy and carbon taxation laws.