Stuttgart's iconic four-door coupé has been refreshed for 2021 with an array of cosmetic updates, both inside & out, a limited edition of the full-fat CLS 53 AMG and a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain.
The base models of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS now come with the 'Avantgarde Exterior' package as standard that brings along a new front apron with striking air intakes, two side louvres and a chrome-finish front splitter. The rear apron, meanwhile, gets a black faux-diffuser insert and a silver chrome strip. Two new designs are also on offer for the 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Of course, those who're after a sportier look can opt for the optional 'AMG Line Exterior' package that brings along an AMG-spec body kit, with much more aggressively styled trim bits.
With either exterior package, the CLS facelift will roll out with a new front grille that features a new 3-D star pattern with chrome-gloss surfaces, a louvre in high-gloss black with chrome inlay and the integrated Mercedes star. The new Spectral Blue colour seen here also joins the standard paint palette.
Inside, a new & redesigned multifunction steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, two new trim finishes – open-pore Brown Walnut & high-gloss Grey Wood – and two new leather upholstery colour combinations headline the key changes.
As for the new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain, the 2021 CLS facelift benefits from the addition of a new 300d 4MATIC variant. It's powered by Mercedes' OM 654 M 2.0-litre (1,993cc) diesel unit that develops 262bhp and 550Nm of torque, with assistance from a 20bhp integrated starter-generator. The non-hybrid diesel line-up consists of the four-cylinder CLS 220d and the six-cylinder CLS 400d.
Only 300 units of the aforementioned limited-edition of the 429bhp CLS 53 AMG will be up for grabs. The special treatment on it comes courtesy of 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels (finished in Black), high-gloss black exterior trim elements, racing stripes, two exclusive exterior colour options – Cashmere White & Selenite Grey – and the AMG Dynamic Plus package that's fitted as standard.