Mercedes-AMG introduced a facelifted version for the third CLS generation in 2021 and added more technology to the sporty four-door coupe.
Since the rest of the range received some improvements, it seemed natural to see some improvements for the CLS AMG 53. There were some, but less than expected. Maybe the most important technical detail was the drop of the rear-wheel-drive 53 AMG versions. Thus, the carmaker admitted that after some point, the sporty four-door-coupe needed an all-wheel-drive system.
Since the rest of the rang took the AMG-styling as a standard, the true performance model had to come with something different. And it did, by introducing the Panamericana grille with vertical slats. The carmaker made the windshield’s surroundings from polished aluminum or, in combination with the Night Package, in high-gloss black.
Inside, the AMG featured carbon-fiber trims for the dashboard, center stack, center console, and door panels. The sport bucket seats with high bolstering were fitted as standard. Another major improvement was for the dashboard, which sported a pair of 12.3” screens under the same glass area for the new infotainment system and the instrument panel. A touch-pad replaced the previously used controller for the MBAUX interface and brought AI-enhanced functions that helped the driver.
Unlike the rest of the CLS range, the AMG version featured different driving modes, including a drift function, which seemed to be demanded by its customers. Unfortunately for its fans, the CLS 53 AMG featured the same drivetrain as before, with a 453 hp combined output.