2021 Mercedes CLS AMG 53 spotted: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
January 19, 2021

There’s a new Mercedes CLS coming soon, and a prototype has been spotted wearing bumper-hiding camouflage.

  • Prototype CLS spotted
  • Subtle styling changes
  • Upgraded MBUX infotainment
  • AMG CLS 53 model tweaked
  • Reveal expected around May 2021
  • On sale as early as August 2021
  • Expected to cost from £55,000


The Mercedes CLS is due for an update to help keep it feeling fresh compared with alternatives such as the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera. The prototype in these photos is the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53, a high-spec sporty model developed by AMG, but you can expect the whole CLS range to be refreshed as well.

This AMG CLS 53 model will receive a new front bumper design for 2021. 

New Mercedes CLS facelift design

This Mercedes CLS prototype isn’t wearing a great deal of camouflage, which means the new car won’t look radically different to the outgoing model. The overall shape of the car won’t change, but it’s possible the next CLS will have a different grille design and a re-shaped front bumper, possibly with different air intakes.

The upcoming car’s rear looks almost identical to the current model. 

The rear of this AMG CLS 53 prototype hasn’t been fitted with any camouflage, so you can expect it to look the same as today’s car. It’s possible other models in the CLS range will receive a few tweaks, however.

New Mercedes CLS facelift infotainment and interior

The Mercedes CLS’ interior isn’t likely to get a total overhaul, but there may be some new trim and upholstery options and a small freshen-up of the dashboard design. You can expect it to come with the latest MBUX infotainment set-up, though, which will add augmented-reality sat-nav and new infotainment software controlled via a touchpad – just like on the recently-updated E-Class.

Expect petrol, diesel and hybrid engines in the new CLS.

New Mercedes CLS facelift engines

The Mercedes CLS will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, some fitted with mild hybrid technology. The AMG CLS 53 model shown here will use the same six-cylinder turbo engine as before, while other versions will include a CLS 300d four-cylinder diesel, the CLS 400d six-cylinder diesel and the CLS 350 and 450 models, which have four- and six-cylinder petrol engines respectively.

The new Mercedes CLS, including AMG-tuned 53 models, will go on sale in 2021. 

The current Mercedes CLS’ nine-speed automatic gearbox will be carried over into the new car, and most models will retain a rear-wheel-drive setup as standard. More powerful models will likely be offered with four-wheel drive, and you can expect the AMG CLS 53 to come with this system as standard.

New Mercedes CLS facelift price and release date

This leaked image showing Mercedes’ upcoming model launch calendar was uploaded to the photo-hosting website ‘imgbb’ by an anonymous user. It shows that the facelifted CLS could be revealed as early as April 2021 and may go on sale in July.

When this revised model appears in showrooms, you can expect it to cost slightly more than the outgoing car. That means the range could kick-off at around £55,000 and go up to £80,000 for the top-spec AMG 53 model.

If you can’t wait for the new model, check out the latest Mercedes CLS offers available through carwow or compare the best luxury cars currently on sale.  

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