Updated Mercedes CLS unveiled with more striking look and greater personalisation

Updated Mercedes CLS unveiled with more striking look and greater personalisation

The CLS is the firm’s largest four-door ‘coupe’ model

Mercedes has unveiled a facelifted version of its upmarket CLS four-door coupe, boasting additional technology and a revised design. 

Now in its third generation, the latest CLS – which sits between the E-Class and S-Class in the firm’s range – arrived in 2018 and felt more luxurious than ever, as well as being more striking to look at. 

Mercedes is now bolstering the latter with a sportier redesign, which features a more prominent front-end inspired by the latest E-Class. Meanwhile two new wheel designs are available along with a new rear diffuser. There’s also a new grille, featuring an updated gloss black and chrome pattern, along with a new Spectral Blue body colour. Greater personalisation is also now available thanks to Mercedes’ ‘Designo’ division.

Inside, the updated CLS gets a redesigned steering wheel with new touch pad on the steering wheel rim, helping to ensure the driver has their hands on the steering wheel while using the semi-autonomous driving functions. There are also two new trim finishes available – brown walnut and gloss grey wood – along with additional leather colours. 

Mercedes is yet to confirm the full engine range, but a new mild-hybrid CLS 300d 4Matic model is expected to join the range, with a 48-volt electrical system that boosts performance and also efficiency thanks to its ability to recover energy that would otherwise be lost. This CLS 300d uses a 262bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, though a top-spec 326bhp 3.0-litre diesel will also be offered as the CLS 400d. 

There have also been tweaks to the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 model, which utilises a 425bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine that’s capable of reaching 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds. This AMG model gains a sportier styling kit, while a new ‘AMG Night Package’ has been introduced, bringing darkened chrome detailing.

This CLS 53 will also be available in a Limited Edition grade, limited to 300 versions. These will come painted either in a matte white or matte grey finish, along with additional optional equipment, including the AMG Night Package and larger 20-inch alloy wheels. 

Prices for the updated CLS are set to be announced in the coming months, with Mercedes expecting models to arrive in showrooms in July.

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