It looks like the performance-oriented variant of the CLS-Class may come back to us in the future. However, we suspect Mercedes-AMG may ditch the current-generation CLS53 in the US market, given the car’s precarious position between the mechanically similar Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan and the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door, both of which share the same 429-cylinder a “mild hybrid” powerplant such as the CLS53.
While the CLS-Class’s streamlined styling arguably set it apart from the more traditional exterior of the model. MotorTrend E-Class Car of the Year, low-slung sedan… uh… four-door coupe… the previously unique position in the Mercedes lineup no longer exists. Instead, it shares that space with an equally skinny 4-door GT. If a mid-size AMG model with a four-door coupé-style body is what the Mercedes consumer is looking for, then a 4-door GT should fit the bill. Want the same vibe without much AMG sauce? Then the Mercedes-Benz CLS450 will surely calm you down.
Mercedes may still decide that there are enough buyers in the US demanding the CLS53 and bring the model back to America at a later date. If that happens, consumers can look forward to the CLS53 with revised exterior trim, including the adoption of the widespread AMG Panamericana grille design. From a mechanical point of view, however, everything should remain the same: the car should have the same powertrain as it does today, including a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
However, it seems that American consumers who are thinking of purchasing the new CLS53 are better off choosing the 2021 model while it is still available, as it could be a long time before Mercedes-AMG offers a model in the US again – or at all.