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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Medium
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the facelifted version of its four-door coupe CLS in 2021 and brought new options and improved features.

After 450,000 units sold globally since the first generation's launch, the CLS proved to be a fair bet for the three-pointed-star brand. Even though it didn't offer enough headroom for the rear passengers or large trunks, the CLS was in high demand.

The 2021 CLS featured a redesigned front fascia with an AMG-style front bumper fitted as standard. It sported a black A-shaped wing, a front splitter in silver chrome, and a 3D radiator grille. From its sides, the AMG side sills. In the back, the carmaker left everything unchanged, with the same diffuser between the rhomboidal-shaped exhausts.

Inside, the carmaker's most significant change was the infotainment system, which came with two 12.3" screens fitted as standard. They shared the same glass-covered area that made them looked like a widescreen. A touch-pad replaced the older controller between the front seats. Mercedes-Benz introduced automatic parking and exiting parking feature, which warned the driver and applied brakes in cross-traffic situations. Like its predecessor, the 2021 model was not a champ for the interior space, especially for those seated in the rear. With its 12 cu-ft (340 liters) trunk, it could barely compete with some compact hatchbacks, but the CLS owners didn't bother about that.

Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz offered a wide choice of diesel, gasoline, and hybrid engines. The base levels introduced two inline-four turbocharged powerplants that sent the power to the rear wheels only. The range-topper was the three-liter inline-six helped by an electric starter-booster that sent 367 hp in all corners. A nine-speed automatic gearbox was standard for the entire range.

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MERCEDES BENZ CLS 2021 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 350 9AT (299 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 220d 9AT (194 HP)
  • 400d 9AT (330 HP)
  1 mild hybrid diesel engine
  • 300d 4MATIC 9AT (265 HP)
  1 mild hybrid engine
  • 450 4MATIC 9AT (367 HP)

MERCEDES BENZ CLS 350 9AT (299 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 9AT (299 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1991 cm3
Power
219.9 KW @ 5800-6100 RPM
299 HP @ 5800-6100 RPM
295 BHP @ 5800-6100 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3000-4000 RPM
400 Nm @ 3000-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
168 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLS 220d 9AT (194 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  220d 9AT (194 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1950 cm3
Power
142.7 KW @ 3800 RPM
194 HP @ 3800 RPM
191 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 1600-2800 RPM
400 Nm @ 1600-2800 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
147 mph (237 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
135 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLS 400d 9AT (330 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  400d 9AT (330 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2925 cm3
Power
242.7 KW @ 3600-4200 RPM
330 HP @ 3600-4200 RPM
325 BHP @ 3600-4200 RPM
Torque
516 lb-ft @ 1200-3200 RPM
700 Nm @ 1200-3200 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
172 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLS 300d 4MATIC 9AT (265 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  300d 4MATIC 9AT (265 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1950 cm3
Power
194.9 KW @ 4200 RPM
265 HP @ 4200 RPM
261 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
406 lb-ft @ 1800-2200 RPM
550 Nm @ 1800-2200 RPM
Electrical motor power
14.7 kw (20 hp)
Electrical motor torque
147.5 lb-ft (200 Nm)
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Mild Hybrid Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
153 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLS 450 4MATIC 9AT (367 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  450 4MATIC 9AT (367 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2999 cm3
Power
269.9 KW @ 5500-6100 RPM
367 HP @ 5500-6100 RPM
362 BHP @ 5500-6100 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 1600-4000 RPM
400 Nm @ 1600-4000 RPM
Electrical motor power
16.2 kw (22 hp)
Electrical motor torque
184.4 lb-ft (250 Nm)
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Mild Hybrid
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195 g/km
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