Mercedes announced that 2021 CLS-Class would receive a significant update to its infotainment system.
Moving into the cabin, there are two 10.25- or 12.3-inch displays. The latter are standard in the United States but, globally, the CLS features a touchscreen infotainment system with the latest version of the MBUX operating system.
Mercedes noted the system has artificial intelligence and this allows for predictive functions such as suggesting to call a certain people your regularly talk to on a specific day of the week. The system can also be equipped with high-tech options such as augmented reality navigation which shows a live video feed and then superimposes directional information on top of it.
Speaking of technology, the CLS has been outfitted with the latest driver assistance systems. Among the highlights are Active Brake Assist and an Active Speed Limit Assist system which slows down the vehicle as it approaches bends, roundabouts, toll stations and T-junctions. The model also has a smarter Active Distance Assist system and a Cross-Traffic system which now works when turning across an oncoming lane.
The 2021 CLS will arrive in two flavors: CLS450 and AMG CLS53. Nothing changes under the hood. The 450 uses the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with EQ Boost, which produces 362 horsepower (269 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque.
A sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) takes 5.1 seconds while the all-wheel-drive 4MATIC version does it 0.3 seconds quicker – same as the current car. The AMG has its “AMG-enhanced” inline-six making 429 hp (319 kW) and 384 lb-ft (581 Nm) of torque. A sprint to 60 takes an estimated 4.4 seconds. Both engines pair with a nine-speed gearbox.
The entry-level CLS starts at $69,950, without destination, while the AMG starts at $81,200. If prices increase, it shouldn’t be by much.