Mercedes-Benz is keeping the CLS lineup simple and tidy

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS will arrive at dealerships in early 2022. For now, Mercedes-Benz is telling and showing us what we should expect from the sleek four-door. At the same time, the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive CLS 450 and the beefier AMG CLS 53 are out of the lineup, which only leaves us with the all-wheel-drive CLS 450 4Matic.

Design

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Visible changes on the outside include a new front grille, a redesigned bumper, together with the inclusion of the AMG Line as standard fitment.

The AMG Line brings extra visual goodies such as a chrome front splitter, new air intakes, and two new designs for the 19-inch alloy wheels: five-twin-spoked or multi-spoked. Two new body colors are also available, namely Tremolite Grey and High-Gloss Black.

Here's What Different About the 2021 Mercedes CLS Interior
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On the inside, the biggest change is the addition of a new steering wheel. It’s wrapped in Napa leather and decorated with glossy black and silver chrome bits.

Mercedes-Benz also mentions “additional leather and trim combinations” which are nothing more than extra wood trims for the center console (Open Pore Brown Walnut and High-Gloss Grey Wood) and new leather upholstery color combos (Neva Grey/Magma Grey and Sienna Brown/Black).

Performance

Here's What Different About the 2021 Mercedes CLS Drivetrain
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As mentioned above, there’s only one 2022 CLS version left in the U.S. lineup: the mild-hybrid CLS 450 4Matic. It is based on a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder gasoline engine fitted with an integrated starter-generator and a 48-volt electrical system. Power output is 362 horsepower with torque coming it at 369 pound-feet. The ISG can provide an extra boost of up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet.

Translated into real-life behavior, the CLS 450 4Matic’s firepower leads to 0-60 mph sprints ticked in about 4.7 seconds and a top speed electronically nannied at 130 mph.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC specifications
Engine Model series M 256
Cylinders Arrangement/ number in-line/6
Displacement cc 2,999
Output hp 362
At rpm 5,500-6,100
Additional output from ISG hp Up to 21
Peak torque lb-ft 369
At rpm 1,600-4,000
Add. torque ISG lb-ft Up to 184
Acceleration 0-60 mph s 4.7 est.
Top speed mph 130

Technology and Safety

Here's What Different About the 2021 Mercedes CLS Interior
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The CLS already received an extensive tech update in the summer of 2020, including the likes of:

  • Active Brake Assist
  • Active Speed Limit Assist
  • Active Stop-and-Go Assist
  • Automatic parking and exiting a parking space
  • MBUX (two 12.3-inch screens forming a seamless display across the dashboard)
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