Mercedes-Benz has had a busy 2020, launching new models left and right. One of their most recently launched models was the updated E-Class which the automaker recently launched in both coupe and convertible body styles. It featured a revised front end, interior, and engine lineup.
Now, the German marque has revealed the updated CLS for the 2021 model year. But unlike the facelifted E-Class, you’ll have to look a lot closer to see the changes on the CLS.
One of the biggest changes (on the outside at least) for the 2021 CLS is the color. The lone photo released by Mercedes-Benz shows one of the two new colors available for the updated model -- Mojave Silver and Cirrus Silver. Aside from the new color options, there are no other visible changes made to the sedan’s exterior styling. As such, the CLS retains the same sporty design it had when it was first launched back in 2018.
The main update on the 2021 model year CLS is found in the cabin. Mercedes-Benz has replaced the aging COMAND system with its new updated MBUX system. As standard, the CLS now features two 12.3-inch screens which are placed side-by-side to give a widescreen effect.
With the update from the old COMAND system, occupants can now control the system via touchscreen, making it easier to use. However, the center console trackpad and the thumbpads on the steering wheel can still be used to control the system as well. Interestingly, no photos of the updated interior were provided. Safety-wise, the CLS also gets active brake assist as standard for 2021.
Aside from the new MBUX system, everything else has been retained. Just like the exterior, the powertrain has been carried over. The CLS450 and AMG CLS53 both retain the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with EQ Boost under the hood. The engine in the CLS450 continues to produce 362 horsepower and 500 Nm torque while the AMG has 429 horsepower and 581 Nm torque. Both engines are still paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS is set to go on sale in the US later this year. That being said, it will likely be a while before the updated units with MBUX make their way to the Philippines.