The Mercedes CLS has been facelifted for 2021, with a brand new look exterior and up to date inside trims arriving for the model’s Audi A7 Sportback rival. It’ll be obtainable to order within the UK this summer time, with costs anticipated to begin from round £60,000.
Mercedes has saved exterior design modifications restricted to a brand new entrance bumper with bigger intakes and a chrome splitter, plus a newly discovered piece of chrome trim strip for the rear valance, above a black rear diffuser. There are additionally two new 19-inch alloy wheel designs to select from – a 5 spoke wheel and a ten spoke.
AMG Line fashions get a sportier makeover, which features a bigger entrance splitter, deeper aspect skirts, a spoiler for the boot lid and a brand new radiator grille. The usual alloy wheels are additionally swapped for a set of AMG-branded 20-inch models, obtainable in two colors.
Inside, the most important change is the adoption of a brand new nappa leather-based trimmed multifunction steering wheel, geared up with the identical capacitive expertise discovered on the recently revised E-Class saloon and the all-new C-Class. The up to date sensor expertise signifies that the motive force now not wants to position steering enter by the wheel to let the automobile’s semi-autonomous techniques know they’re in management – merely having palms gripping the wheel is sufficient.
Alongside the up to date steering wheel, the CLS is now obtainable with an up to date vary of inside trims. The mix of fabric and leather-based upholstery now features a centre console in open-pore brown walnut or high-gloss gray wooden. Leather-based upholstery choices have been expanded to incorporate a brand new two-tone gray possibility and a black and brown mixture.
As customary, the CLS comes with two 10.25-inch screens; one for the instrument cluster and a centrally positioned touchscreen broadcasting the automobile’s infotainment features. These will be upgraded to a twin 12.3-inch twin display system.
Particular trim choices from Merc’s Designo catalogue have elevated in quantity, giving patrons entry to 5 new two-tone nappa leather-based upholstery finishes and new exterior paint finishes, together with cashmere White Magno, Emerald Inexperienced and Jupiter Pink.
On the prime finish of the CLS vary, there’s the up to date AMG 53, which incorporates a redesigned entrance bumper alongside an AMG signature grille with vertical slats. Patrons can go for the AMG Evening Bundle and the AMG Exterior Carbon II bundle too – the previous introducing gloss black detailing, the latter including carbon-fibre components to the automobile’s exterior.
Patrons additionally get efficiency targeted upgrades, resembling customary adaptive air suspension, bucket seats and larger brakes.
The sporty flagship will be specified with two additional possibility packs. The AMG Evening Bundle II swaps the automobile’s customary radiator grille for a darkish chrome piece and replaces its chrome badging with darkened options. The AMG Dynamic Plus bundle provides red-painted brake calipers and a nappa leather-based/microfiber-trimmed AMG steering wheel.
Facelifted Mercedes CLS: engine and drivetrains
UK patrons may have three engine selections when the up to date CLS goes on sale; two diesels and a straight-six petrol for the range-topping AMG CLS 53.
The entry-level CLS 300d is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel unit, which produces 261bhp and 550Nm of torque.The unit incorporates a 48-volt built-in starter-generator, which harvests power that might in any other case be misplaced when the automobile is coasting. The electrical energy is saved in a compact battery pack and will be redeployed below arduous acceleration, offering an additional 20bhp.
Like each mannequin within the UK CLS line-up, the 300d’s powertrain sends drive to all 4 wheels by way of a nine-speed automated gearbox. It returns claimed gasoline economic system figures of between 42.8 and 48.7mpg, with CO2 emissions from 153g/km.
Above that, there’s the non-electrically assisted CLS 400d. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, which develops 325bhp and 700Nm of torque. Mercedes says that’s sufficient for a 0–62mph time of 5.2 seconds and a restricted prime velocity of 155mph.
The efficiency edged Mercedes AMG CLS 53 options the identical 3.0-litre six-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine because the recently launched AMG E 53. It produces 423bhp and 520Nm of torque. Mercedes claims the AMG-fettled CLS can from 0–62mph in 4.5 seconds.
From the manufacturing unit, the range-topping CLS’s prime velocity is proscribed to 155mph. Nevertheless, patrons pays to have that limiter raised to 168mph, by speccing Mercedes’s optionally available AMG driver bundle.
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