Mercedes-Benz’s new line of mid-size coupes and convertibles is about to be revealed, with prototypes becoming less and less camouflaged.
In terms of design, the new model retains the company’s signature soft, rounded look, although it also shares similarities with a sharper silhouette. Mercedes-AMG SL.
It is likely that the CLE will use the new MRA-2 architecture and feature a range of electrified four-cylinder powertrains, much like the redesigned C-Class.
At the top of the range will likely be the CLE 63 AMG, with a high-performance plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive setup from AMG C63.
This model uses a redesigned version of AMG A45 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a total system output of 500kW and 750Nm.
Underneath the C63 is the C43, whose mild-hybrid four-cylinder engine is used in the SL 43 convertible and produces 300kW and 500Nm.
Naturally, there will be less powerful, more affordable versions below these AMG-equipped models.
One option could be the C300’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder mild-hybrid powertrain, which makes 190kW and 400Nm.
Previous spy shots have revealed an interior with the same three-vent design as the C-Class, and we’d expect a similar large vertical-style touchscreen infotainment system and instrument cluster. stand-alone digital for that model.
Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Director, Markus Schafer, said automatically express it actually has three convertibles – the SLC and C-Class and E-Class Cabriolets – take a part of the market that is not very profitable.
However, he admits that it is important for a luxury car brand to continue to offer coupe and convertible models.
As Mercedes-Benz expands its electric vehicle range to include models like the EQE and EQS built on a dedicated EV architecture, it becomes clear that its model range cannot be too large and unwieldy.
The merger of the two-door C-Class and E-Class lines is reminiscent of the CLK days.
Sold for two generations from 1997 to 2010, the CLK uses the C-Class platform but carries the styling cues of the E-Class and is available with a variety of engines from four- to eight-cylinder configurations.
It was replaced by the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, continuing to use the C-Class mechanics but quickly being joined by the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet.
In 2017, Mercedes-Benz finally returned an E-Class-based coupe and convertible to the E-Class line, while the C-Class line continued to offer two-door variants.