The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been with us for quite a while now, and while it still looks every bit as sexy when it first came out, that did not stop the German luxury automaker from giving it an even sexier look for the 2022 model year.
Upfront, the most prominent change to the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS is the sportier front bumper. The grille has also been redesigned, but only ever so slightly to make it look more prominent. The rest of the body remains unchanged, though there’s no denying it still looks fresh to this day.
Interior changes are even more minor, and it includes the steering wheel and the first-generation MBUX infotainment system that can be controlled via the touchpad or the touch screen. The new steering wheel features a two-zone sensor pad that senses the presence of your hands while using the car’s semi-autonomous driver aids. One design feature we miss though is the IWC Schaffhausen analog clock, which was available in the Edition 1 variant of the pre-facelift CLA.
Powering the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA are various diesel and gasoline engine choices. For the diesel range, this kicks off with the entry-level CLS 220 d, which features a 1.9-liter inline-4 that produces 191 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Up next is a CLS 300 d 4MATIC, which uses a highly efficient 2.0-liter inline-4 mild-hybrid powertrain that features a 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG). Combined system output is 261 hp and 550 Nm of torque, while the ISG can provide a temporary boost of 20 hp and 200 Nm. Sitting at the top of the diesel range is the CLS 400d 4MATIC, and this gets a meaty 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 325 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
As for gasoline engines, the range kicks off with the CLS 350, which is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 295 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Up next is another mild-hybrid powertrain called the CLS 450 4MATIC, which consists of a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine and a 48-volt ISG that provides a total system output of 362 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Under hard acceleration, the ISG can provide a temporary boost of 21 hp and 250 Nm. With this powertrain, 0-100 kph happens in just 4.8 seconds.
Sitting at the top of the entire CLS range is the CLS 53 AMG 4MATIC+, which consists of a 3.0-liter inline-6 and a 48-volt ISG that provides a total output of 435 hp and 520 Nm. The ISG can momentarily provide an additional 21 hp and 250 Nm. This model has the capability to sprint from 0-100 kph in just 4.5 seconds.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS is expected to arrive first in European dealers this July, with a global rollout expected to happen shortly after.