It may not seem like it, but the current-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS turns three years old this 2021. With that, Mercedes thought it was time to refresh the stylish sedan. Besides, nearly every other model in the Mercedes’ current lineup has received an update already. Interestingly, the German marque gave the 2021 CLS more than just a slight nip and tuck.
But first, let’s talk about its exterior. The changes are quite subtle. It’s mostly limited to the front fascia with a new bumper sporting a more flowing design. The front lower splitter is now finished in chrome to contrast the rest of the bumper. Thanks to the redesigned bumper, the updated CLS looks a lot sportier than before.
Though it’s harder to notice, the grille is new too. Rather than a typical mesh design, the mesh is comprised of chrome three-pointed stars. However, the range-topping AMG CLS 53 ditches the flashy grille for the signature Panamericana vertical slatted grille. Beyond that, the changes are limited to the new wheels options. No design updates were made to the sedan’s rear end.
Step inside, and you’ll find a familiar cabin. What’s new can be found directly in front of the driver – the steering wheel. The unit is lifted from the refreshed E-Class with capacitive sensors for controlling the vehicle’s features. The MBUX infotainment system has also been updated with Energizing Coach wellness function. While there might not be new design changes apart from the steering wheel, Mercedes does offer customers more options for trim choices.
The engine lineup remains mostly the same, including the more powerful AMG 53 models. The 2021 model does come with a new powertrain option – the CLS 300 d 4Matic. It uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system. Combined, total output is rated at 265 HP and 550 Nm torque. Mercedes claims it can do around 15.1 to 17.2 km/L in mixed city driving.
With the refreshed CLS already available in Europe, it may only be a matter of time before it arrives here.