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Mercedes-Benz has found ways to make the pretty CLS even more attractive

This is still the luxury sedan that you’ll want to drive yourself

The updated CLS will make you want to drive it more. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz is currently in the process of revamping its entire product lineup this year with the refreshed S-Class, the new C-Class, and the brand’s much-anticipated EV stable with cars like the EQS. Well, fans of the CLS four-door coupe will be happy to know that the model will also be receiving design and mechanical updates.

This blue paint job is the right mix of sporty and elegant. PHOTOS FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

There are subtle design changes such as new bumpers, a star-studded radiator grille (for Avantgarde variants), and a special paint job dubbed Spectral Blue Metallic. AMG-Line vehicles get a comprehensive aero package and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior theme now has more combinations, and the MBUX infotainment system is slightly refreshed (no Hyperscreen option, though).

The AMG version doesn't really scream that it's the fastest of the bunch. PHOTOS FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Like the C-Class, the CLS has a wide range of engines from 2.0-liter four-cylinder mills to 3.0-liter in-line-six units in gasoline, diesel and mild-hybrid versions. Output figures start from as little as 194hp. But if bonkers performance is desired, the CLS 53 4Matic+ is the sole true AMG-bred model with 435hp and 520Nm on tap.

Would you even let your family driver take the wheel of this thing? PHOTOS FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

The CLS has always been the sportier alternative to Mercedes-Benz’s more stately offerings, and it continues to impress in the handling department thanks to its excellent suspension system. There are also additional electronic driver aids taken from the S-Class, including autonomous braking, a map-based speed limiter, self-driving capabilities up to 60km/h, and automatic parking.

The CLS53's engine is a meaty six-cylinder unit with 435hp. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Pricing for the new CLS has yet to be announced. Europe will be getting dibs on the vehicle this coming July.

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