New 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS to come in CLS 450 4Matic and CLS 53 4Matic+ versions
It will arrive in dealerships this Fall
There are a range of personalization options available
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS has been refreshed inside and out with a new grille, new bumpers, and more interior trim options. There’s also a new customization possibilities that can turn the CLS into a “one-of-a-kind” model for its owner.
Although this isn’t a new generation, CLS fans will be relieved the model doesn’t appear to be going anywhere and won’t be, for now at least, the latest victim of the SUV craze that has been sweeping North America for over a decade. The CLS essentially launched the premium four-door coupe segment in North America when it was introduced back in 2004, and it waited almost six years for its direct rival, the Audi A7, to arrive on the market.
Today, it’s actually a year older than the A7 and a refresh was definitely order, the current model having been introduced back in 2018. Mercedes-Benz focused on aesthetics with this refresh, which isn’t all that surprising considering that CLS buyers are attracted first and foremost to the vehicle because of its design, Mercedes says.
The new grille features the “Mercedes-Benz” pattern, meaning a three-dimensional star pattern with chrome-gloss surfaces, and the Mercedes-Benz logo sitting prominently in the middle. A new exterior colour – Spectral Blue metallic – joins the lineup, but Mercedes-Benz says it can personalize the CLS to suit the future owner’s taste. Available special colours include Jupiter Red, Cashmere White MAGNO, and Emerald Green metallic.
Inside, there’s a new multifunction steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather that includes a two-zone sensor when the vehicle is equipped with Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist to detect the driver’s hands in semi-automated driving. In other words, the vehicle will have an easier time detecting that your hands are on the steering wheel when the vehicle is handling steering duties.
New trims include Brown Open-Pore Walnut Wood and Grey High-Gloss Wood. The open-pore would be our personal recommendation after having seen it in the GLE recently. New dual NAPPA leather colour-combinations are offered as well inside.
The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ also gets its share of visual improvements including a new AMG front bumper with A-wings, black flicks, and visible air curtains. The CLS 53 4Matic+ also gets the latest AMG steering wheel with button display. A new AMG Track Package features red brake callipers and black AMG lettering. A RACE mode provides a Drift setting as well.
Both the CLS 450 4Matic and the CLS 53 4Matic+ feature a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six with 362 horsepower and 429 horsepower respectively. The CLS 450 4Matic reaches 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds while the CLS 53 4Matic+ does it in 4.5 seconds.
Like the current CLS 53 4Matic+, the 2022 model will feature a mild-hybrid 48-volt system that pairs the starter and alternator into an electric motor located between the engine and transmission. This system can add 21 extra horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque as needed.
These changes are added to the numerous improvements made to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS in the area of technology. The CLS received the MBUX infotainment system, Active Brake Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, and Automatic Parking last year.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but the car will arrive in Q3 2021.