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Headlight styles - not "in the family"

I've been wondering about headlight styles among Benz models. C has its almost-separate circular headlights, E has two separate circles, and S has a large wedge. But these designs aren't consistant with other models "in the same family."

C lights are found on the CLK (same family because of the C?) but, oddly, also on the historic powerhouse SL. They don't seem to be in the same family.

The CL ("C" family?) doesn't have C lights, but instead has E lights. The previous CLK had even more traditional E lights; the car looked like a shrunken W210 and probably should have been called the ELK.

S lights are properly on the current and previous SLK, but like I mentioned above, not on the SL. Also, they sort of appear on the CLS, which is clearly not in the C family though it shares the letter.

But models with the same first letter aren't in the same "family". C is smaller than S, while CL and CLK are "larger" than SL and SLK. Of course, because CL is a sporty S (and CLS is a sporty E).

Seems like MB fixed the confusion on new models by giving them all S lights. S lights are on the 2008 C, 2008 CL, current CLS, current S, and current SLK. C lights are only on the SL and CLK, and E lights are only on the trusty E class.

So many models make my head spin. I long for the days of E, S, SL, G.

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