The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been making a name for itself for almost 20 years, in particular for its elegant and sporty style, but also for its performance. In 2018, it was entering its third generation, which means it now has over three years in the market in its current form. For 2022, Mercedes-Benz is therefore making some minor improvements in terms of style and equipment to allow it to remain competitive.
Whoever wants to name all the differences that the Mercedes-Benz CLS brings for the 2022 model year will have to get up early, since they are subtle. The general line remains the same but the front presentation tends more towards sportiness. We notice a refreshed grille incorporating chrome accents on piano black appliqués, but also with a more aggressive bumper. The profile and the rear remain essentially identical and one hangs in passing on the reworked wheels and a new exterior color called “spectral blue metallic”.
Two versions are still available: CLS 450 and CLS 53. The 53 version can be recognized by its AMG grille with vertical bars, a signature of the brand’s most efficient models. You will also see different “air curtains” in the front bumper, but also a new option package “AMG Track Package” which includes red brake calipers and which brings with it a “glide” mode which allows to untie the mechanics. Other option packages enhance the exterior appearance, including a “Night” package that replaces all chrome with black accents.
A 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder accompanied by a 21-horsepower alternator-generator is still responsible for moving the two versions. The 450’s power peaks at 369 horsepower, while the 53 version unlocks 429 horsepower via a fully programmable all-wheel drive for increased performance.
If the dashboard remains essentially the same, it is accompanied by a new steering wheel – offered in two models depending on the version – similar to the one installed in the new S-Class . In addition to its leather finish with chrome accents and its exploded design, it is equipped with proximity sensors when the car includes the advanced driver assistance package, so that the driver’s hands are detected by the driver. car. Thus, it is no longer necessary to turn the steering wheel slightly to confirm to the on-board computer that the driver is still in control; the car detects it itself. This addition comes to support the update made in 2020 when multiple driving aids were made available for the car.
For the rest, more possibilities of customization are offered. Three new exterior colors and five new interior color schemes are available, empowering consumers to get a car that looks what they really want. Obviously, these options are offered at an additional cost.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS will arrive in dealerships next fall. Prices will be announced closer to market arrival. As a guide, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS starts at $ 82,500.