Don't worry, CLS fans, the slinky four-door enters 2022 with only minor visual updates. After last year's new tech additions, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class rolls forward with a few changes you'll feel and experience inside and out.
One of the biggest differences in the subtly updated 2022 Mercedes CLS is the grille. Your eyes don't deceive you; behind the giant three-pointed star in the center of the grille are a number of tiny three-pointed stars providing the brightwork most expect when they consider a coupelike luxury four-door that starts above $70,000.
This treatment is a fun evolution beyond the existing chrome diamond-block grilles we've seen on some Mercedes cars for years. It's also reminiscent of the way Lincoln grilles now echo the Lincoln badge.
There's no easy way to say this, but we tend to prefer the Audi A7 inside and out over the CLS, for its design and interior functionality. Even so, we respect that Mercedes is again updating the CLS. For 2022, the steering wheel gets touch-sensitive buttons like we've seen on other Mercedes cars. The look is more futuristic, but the controls may take a minute to get used to.
Below the two 12.3-inch screens—one for infotainment and the other serving as an instrument cluster—the 2022 CLS now offers two new trim options: Open Pore Brown Walnut and High-Gloss Grey Wood. And there are two new interior color combos, too: Neva Grey/Magma Grey and Sienna Brown/Black.
The 2022 CLS uses the same 362-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged mild hybrid I-6 as before, again mated to a nine-speed automatic. What's changed is that the RWD model is gone. Now, just like the Audi A7, the CLS450 is an AWD-only model. The CLS450 4Matic, which has 369 lb-ft of torque, reached 60 mph in 4.9 seconds in a previous test.
The 2022 CLS450 4Matic will go on sale in the U.S. early in the 2022 calendar year. Expect pricing to start around $75,000, which would be about $1,000 above the AWD-equipped 2021 CLS450 model.