Mercedes-Benz updates the CLS for 2022 by giving it a mild design and tech upgrade
Mercedes-Benz kick-started the whole four-door coupe trend back in 2004 with the original CLS. Since then, Audi and BMW made their own versions of sleek sedans, but Mercedes-Benz also constantly improved the CLS.
Now in its third generation, the CLS faces stiff competition from the Audi A7 and, more recently, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. To keep its competitors at bay, Mercedes-Benz recently gave the CLS a bit of an update. But what did Mercedes-Benz exactly change for this model?
At first glance, it seems the CLS still looks the same as the pre-facelift version. However, Mercedes-Benz says that all variants of the CLS now come with the AMG Line styling package. With it, the sedan now features a revised rear bumper, an AMG-specific front apron, chrome-finished front splitter, AMG door sill panels, and a unique AMG trunk lid spoiler.
Rounding up the exterior changes on the CLS are new wheels. The standard 19-inch set gets a new design, while new colors are now available for the 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels. There are new exterior paint colors to choose from: Spectral Blue Metallic, Jupiter Red, Cashmere White Magno, and Emerald Green.
Like the exterior, Mercedes-Benz also gave the CLS's interior a mild update. It gets wood trim panels on the center console. The two-tone leather seat covers are now available in Nappa finish, and there's a new multi-function steering wheel with capacitive dual-sensors for driver hands recognition. Providing onboard entertainment is the new MBUX infotainment system which is available with a 10.25-inch display.
A total of six turbocharged engines are available on the 2022 CLS. The entry-level gas-powered model is the CLS 350 with a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 299 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Then there's the CLS 450 4Matic with a 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. At the top of the range is the CLS 53 4Matic+, packing an uprated 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 435 PS with 520 Nm of torque.
Over to diesel engines, the range starts with the 2.0-liter CLS 220d. It makes 194 PS with 400 Nm of torque. Moving up the range and we get the CLS 300d 4Matic. It's also a 2.0-liter inline-four but makes more power at 265 PS and 550 Nm of torque. Last but not least is the CLS 400d 4Matic. It's a 2.9-liter inline-six that produces 330 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Both the gasoline-powered and diesel-driven engines of the CLS are mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz will be available in European markets very soon, with other countries to follow suit. With that, the Philippine market could get the 2022 CLS in either Q4 of this year, or sometime next year.