Mercedes has taken the wraps off the facelifted CLS, which looks to reassert itself as the definitive four-door coupe.
Looking instantly recognizable, the 2022 CLS features a revised grille and a sportier front bumper. The model also has restyled wheels and a new paint job called spectral blue metallic (starling blue metallic in the US). Customers looking for something more exclusive can opt for new designo colors called jupiter red, cashmere white magno and emerald green.
Interior changes are relatively minor, but include a new steering wheel with a two-zone sensor pad in the rim that detects your hands. This should help to prevent erroneous warnings when using the CLS’ semi-autonomous driving technology.
Elsewhere, designers added open-pore brown walnut and high-gloss grey wood trim as well as neva grey/magma grey and sienna brown/black upholstery combinations. There are also an assortment of new two-tone designo nappa leather options including classic red/black, saddle brown/black, tartufo brown/black, deep white/black and yacht blue/black.
An assortment of diesel engines will be available including an entry-level 1.9-liter four-cylinder with 191 hp (143 kW / 194 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 261 (195 kW / 265 PS) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) or a 3.0-liter inline-six developing 325 hp (243 kW / 330 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
On the petrol side, the CLS 350 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. One step up is the CLS 450 4MATIC, which has a 3.0-liter inline-six producing 362 hp (270 kW / 367 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
Last but not least, there’s the CLS 53 4MATIC+ which has a 3.0-liter inline-six with 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque. It is connected a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The 2022 CLS 450 4MATIC will arrive at U.S. dealerships early next year and additional details will be announced closer to launch.