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Lorinser just sent us a "first glance" at what the German tuner's program for the next-generation Mercedes CLS might look like. This immediately stuck us as strange, as it's rather hard to design an aero it for a car when you don't even know what it looks like in the first place.

That got us thinking: perhaps the designers at Lorinser do know exactly what the next-gen CLS looks like. It's no surprise that German tuning firms and automakers often have close working relationships, with many of the tuning folks having formerly worked at the OEMs. So we decided to ask our source at Lorinser who responded by saying that "officially" the Lorinser designers haven't seen that CLS, but that numerous spy photos inspired the design. He also added that Lorinser is just a stones throw away from the Mercedes factory in Untertuerkheim, which is near the company's headquarters in Stuttgart.

With the CLS set to debut either later this year at the Paris Auto Show or early next year in Geneva, we'll find out then exactly how close the ties between Lorinser and Mercedes are.

More: Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Previewed in Lorinser Sketch? on AutoGuide.com
 
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