Styling revisions are limited to reshaped bumpers, headlights and tail lamps, bigger door mirrors (now with the Mercedes must-have of integrated indicators), a restyled bonnet and the all-but-unavoidable daytime running lights.
The biggest change, however, is beneath that reprofiled bonnet - a new direct-injection twin-turbo V8 for the CL500 that pushes out 429bhp and 516lb ft of torque. That's 46bhp and a chunky 125lb ft more torque than the old CL500 could manage, despite dropping 800cc over the old engine.
The twin-turbo, 517bhp, V12 CL600 will remain available in the UK, but as a special-order car only, while the 603bhp CL65 also continues. There will also eventually be a successor to the CL63 AMG version of the new CL, which will use the company's new twin-turbo, 536bhp, 5.5-litre V8.
Among the many more exotic options are two types of actual granite trim - available in the wonderfully named Labrador blue pearl or Star Galaxy black.
The optional kit list also includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, which uses a camera to detect when a car has left the planned lane, then applies braking to individual wheels to move it back on course.