Mercedes-Benz has officially announced the upcoming debut of the CLE-Class coupe on July 5 through their social media channels.
The CLE-Class will introduce a new nameplate for Mercedes-Benz, serving as a unified replacement for the previous C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe models. It is expected to arrive at dealerships in late 2023 or early 2024, designated as a 2024 model.
In addition to the coupe variant, Mercedes-Benz is also developing a CLE-Class Cabriolet, which will take over from the previous convertible versions of the C-Class and E-Class.
This strategy follows a similar approach used by Mercedes-Benz with the CLK-Class two decades ago, where the CLK-Class shared mechanical similarities with the C-Class but was positioned as a higher-tier model.
Consequently, it is likely that the CLE-Class will bear close resemblance to the redesigned 2022 C-Class. Teaser photos and spy shots of prototypes reveal similarities in the front end between the CLE-Class and the C-Class, although the former boasts a more muscular stance and slightly slimmer headlights. The taillight design of the CLE-Class is expected to be similar to that of the redesigned 2024 GLC-Class Coupe.
Interior details are also expected to be shared with the C-Class. Buyers can anticipate a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch infotainment screen with a portrait-style layout.
Both models are likely to feature common powertrain options. Currently, the standard C-Class in the U.S. is available in the C300 variant, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine producing 255 hp. This engine is complemented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which adds an additional 20 hp for quick bursts of power. Mercedes-AMG will offer two performance options: the 2023 C 43, generating 402 hp, and the 2024 C 63 S E Performance, producing 671 hp. It is expected that both AMG options will be available for the CLE-Class as well.
While sales of sedans have been declining, the market for sporty two-door cars has been even more challenging. As a result, many automakers have either reduced the number of coupes and convertibles in their lineup or discontinued these body styles altogether. Mercedes-Benz, for instance, has phased out models such as the SLK-Class, AMG GT Roadster, S-Class Coupe, and S-Class Cabriolet without direct replacements.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes-Benz, CLE-Class, debut, coupe
When is the debut of the Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class coupe?
The debut of the Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class coupe is scheduled for July 5.
What models does the CLE-Class replace?
The CLE-Class serves as a replacement for both the C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe models.
When will the CLE-Class be available at dealerships?
The CLE-Class is expected to arrive at dealerships late this year or early next year as a 2024 model.
Is there a convertible version of the CLE-Class?
Yes, Mercedes-Benz is also developing a CLE-Class Cabriolet, which will replace the previous convertible versions of the C-Class and E-Class.
Yes, the CLE-Class is likely to be closely related to the redesigned 2022 C-Class, featuring a similar front end design. However, it will have a more muscular stance and slightly slimmer headlights.
What can we expect from the interior of the CLE-Class?
The interior of the CLE-Class is expected to share details with the C-Class, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch infotainment screen with a portrait-style layout.
What powertrain options will be available for the CLE-Class?
The powertrain options for the CLE-Class are expected to be similar to the C-Class, including the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine in the C300 variant and the performance options from Mercedes-AMG.
Are coupes and convertibles facing challenges in the market?
Yes, sales of both sedans and sporty two-door cars have been declining, leading many automakers to reduce or discontinue these body styles. Mercedes-Benz has phased out several coupe and convertible models without direct replacements.
More about Mercedes-Benz, CLE-Class, debut, coupe
- Mercedes-Benz Official Website
- Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class Overview
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview
- Mercedes-AMG Official Website
- Automotive News
- Car and Driver