The original has been reborn. This is the third-generation version of the Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door ‘coupe’, and it comes a solid 14 years after the original model that set the scene for sedans with compromised rooflines.

It has been an undeniable success for Mercedes-Benz - and performance arm Mercedes-AMG. Since the launch of the original model, the company has racked up 375,000 sales around the world. It’s fair to suggest that figure is much higher than Audi has managed with the A7, and BMW with the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

With the third-generation model, things are a bit different. The new model is more aimed at luxuriousness than its immediate predecessor, which was hard-edged in its driving intent, and harder edged than the new one in terms of its styling. 

After spending some time in each of the models we’ll get in Australia at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS launch in Spain this week, I can tell you that the all-new version has some really strong attributes, but also a few carryover quibbles that mightn’t appeal to everyone.