The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has received a few minor upgrades but remains one of the most stylish sedans in the world. Along with some styling tweaks, the CLS 450 4Matic now comes with new wheel designs, updated upholstery choices, and a new steering wheel with capacitive sensors that provide a friendlier semi-autonomous driving experience.
Although the styling changes are initially difficult to spot, they do give the face a slightly more aggressive look. There is a new grille with a three-dimensional Mercedes star pattern and a flashy chrome glass finish. Below this, there is a different bumper design with new air intakes and a revised front splitter. Again, chrome detailing helps these features to stand out. The changes at the back are even more subtle, with little more than a diffuser-like insert with a silver chrome strip.
A more useful feature is the new steering wheel. Wrapped in Nappa leather, it now uses capacitive sensors to monitor driver attentiveness when features like Distronic are in use. This negates the need for the driver to occasionally move the steering wheel as a signal of continued attentiveness. Some opulent new trim options like Open Pore Brown Walnut are now on offer.
The CLS 450 4Matic retains the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid assistance. It produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, with the 48-volt electric system adding up to 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. Pricing has yet to be announced but the new CLS will begin arriving at dealers early in 2022.
See trim levels and configurations:
|CLS 450 4MATIC||
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
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