Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its updated CLS. Here's a look at the changes.
Many would think Mercedes-Benz has too many models and the overlaps are quite blatant. In the case of the CLS, internally there's a rival in the E-Class while the AMG GT 4-door stands toe to toe with the CLS 53. It all boils down to personal preference and we'd suspect people who don't want the predictably styled E-Class to go to the CLS for a touch of unique style.
For the 2022 model year, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLS has received cosmetic and trim updates. Visually, you can spot the updated grille and more aggressive front bumper. Customers can opt for the new-look alloy wheels and there's a new paint, which you can see here. Called Spectral Blue Metallic, there's no denying it's very pretty! There are exclusive designo matte paints added to the palette; jupiter red, cashmere white magno and emerald green.
The cabin gets a subtle nip and tuck, but the updated CLS gains the new-look Merc steering wheel with its array of buttons and sensor pads. As far as trim options go, there are new upholstery combinations as well as leather options.
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS Engine Choices
The engine lineup has been carried over. Globally, there's an impressive array of powertrains for the CLS ranging from the 1.9-litre turbodiesel with 143 kW and 400 Nm, to the CLS 53 with its 3.0-litre turbo inline-6 delivering 320 kW and 520 Nm. It's the flagship of the range and capable of hitting 100 kph in just 4.5 seconds, thanks to its all-wheel drive setup and advanced EQ electrification.
The diesel options appear particularly tantalising with a 2.0-litre 4-pot with 195 kW and 550 Nm, and a 3.0-litre inline-6 punching out 243 kW and 700 Nm. The petrol options also look good on paper at least, with a 2.0-litre 4-pot packing 220 kW and 400 Nm. The CLS 450 has a 3.0-litre inline-6 with 270 kW and 500 Nm.
As it stands, Mercedes-Benz South Africa offers the CLS in two flavours; the CLS 400d 4Matic and the CLS 53 AMG 4Matic. We'll update this story if we get confirmation about the updated model's arrival in South Africa.
One of the updates is the introduction of the advanced steering wheel