2021 Mercedes CLS coupe facelift revealed: Price, specs and release date
Facelifted Mercedes CLS gets sportier exterior styling and more personalisation options...
On sale: July 2021 | Price from: £60,000 (est)
The Mercedes CLS was the model that kicked off the car-buying public’s passion for four-door coupes back in 2005. It combines sporty looks and a sweeping roofline with an interior that’s roomy enough for four adults.
Mercedes has refreshed the exterior styling of the third generation of this practical yet sporty-looking coupé to ensure it can compete with the many rivals that have cropped up over the years, including the Audi A7 Sportback and used-only BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
The most frequently cited reason among buyers who choose a CLS is its design, according to Mercedes, so it should come as no surprise that the car maker has chosen to accentuate the sportiness of its exterior design.
All facelifted CLS models have a new front grille with a three-dimensional star pattern. Entry-level Avantgarde trim models have a deeper front bumper with a body-coloured strip joining the two front air intakes, while at the back the rear bumper gains additional black and chrome trim. Move up to AMG-Line trim and your CLS gets a more overtly sporty look with vertical bars in the front air intakes and a spoiler on the bootlid.
The range-topping Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic also has a redesigned front end with a sporty-looking AMG bumper and grille with vertical bars. Little touches to make this model stand out include the choice of either polished aluminium or high-gloss black trim around the windscreen, and the option of high-gloss black or carbon fibre wing mirrors.
2021 Mercedes CLS interior
On the inside, there’s a new multi-function nappa leather steering wheel with high-gloss black and chrome trim on the spokes. If you order the optional Driver Assistance Package, the wheel contains sensors that can detect if the driver is gripping it. That means you no longer need to move the wheel to let the car know you’re taking back control after you’ve been driving in a semi-autonomous mode, for example when using the adaptive cruise control and active steering systems on the motorway.
There are now more personalisation options available for the interior trim to enable owners to create their own unique space. As well as additional trim colours, there are five new two-tone leather seat choices.
Like other Mercedes models, the CLS gained an improved multimedia system and the latest driver assistance systems in July 2020, so there are no changes to this technology. All CLS models have a pair of 10.25in screens, one for the infotainment and the other filling the dashboard.
2021 Mercedes CLS engines
The CLS retains the same engine line-up as before. Petrol options include the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 350 model plus two 3.0 V6 models, the 450 4Matic and the scorchingly fast AMG 53 4Matic. The 450 4Matic is our pick of the range because it uses mild hybrid technology to provide seriously rapid acceleration and reasonable fuel economy.
There’s also a mild hybrid diesel, the 300d 4Matic, which uses energy recovery and engine-off coasting to boost fuel economy. Two other diesel engines are available: the 220d – which uses the same 2.0-litre diesel engine as the 300d but doesn’t have the mild hybrid technology – and the more powerful 3.0-litre 400d 4Matic.
2021 Mercedes CLS prices
There is no official word on prices yet, but we expect the facelifted CLS to cost slightly more than the outgoing model, which starts at £58,935.
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