In the wake of reducing its two-door models, Mercedes-Benz is in the midst of introducing the CLE-Class—a fusion of the C-Class and E-Class coupes and convertibles. This new line is expected to hit the U.S. market as a 2024 model in the upcoming year.
Recent spy photos have captured what appears to be the CLE-Class Cabriolet, specifically the high-performance AMG variant.
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The captured prototype seems to be the top-tier CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet, distinguished by its signature AMG design elements such as the square exhaust tips, which differ from the round tips of lower-tier AMG models. The prototype also flaunts a combination of sizable wheels and brakes, expansive air intakes, and a reduced ride height—hallmarks of AMG’s performance focus.
The anticipated powertrain under the bonnet is a turbocharged 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid, mirroring the system used in the 2024 C 63 S E Performance sedan and the expected 2025 GLC 63 S E Performance crossover. This engine is an evolution of the 2.0-liter unit found in AMG’s current smaller models, enhanced with an electric turbocharger for a substantial power increase to 469 horsepower. Additionally, the system includes a mild-hybrid motor that not only supports auxiliary components but also functions as a starter motor.
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Beyond this, there’s a potent electric motor on the rear axle, capable of delivering up to 201 horsepower, which can push the combined power to 671 horsepower for short bursts. This motor pairs with its unique 2-speed gearbox, and the vehicle’s 6.1-kWh battery pack offers a modest electric-only driving capability.
Plans for a less extreme CLE variant are underway, possibly wearing a 43 or 53 badge. If it’s the former, it may inherit the powertrain from the 2023 C 43 sedan—a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 402 horsepower, supplemented by a mild-hybrid system for an extra 14 horsepower boost.
Alternatively, AMG might introduce a CLE 53 featuring the same plug-in hybrid system seen in the newly announced 2026 GLE 53 Hybrid (and potentially the next E 53), which marries a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with an electric motor to produce 536 horsepower combined.
Expect AMG’s CLE-Class variants to be unveiled in the coming spring, with sales commencing later in the year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AMG CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet
What is the Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class?
The Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class is a new model line that merges the characteristics of the C-Class and E-Class coupes and convertibles, slated for release in the U.S. as a 2024 model.
When will the Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet be available?
The high-performance AMG variant of the CLE-Class is expected to debut in the spring with sales beginning later in the following year.
What distinguishes the AMG CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet prototype?
The prototype features signature AMG elements like square exhaust tips, a large wheel and brake combination, substantial air intakes, and a lower suspension, indicating its top-tier status.
What powertrain is expected in the AMG CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet?
It’s anticipated to have a turbocharged 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine with an electric turbocharger, providing up to 469 hp, and a rear electric motor offering an additional 201 hp for short durations.
Will there be less extreme variants of the CLE-Class from AMG?
Yes, AMG plans to introduce tamer versions possibly badged as 43 or 53, with different levels of performance and hybrid capabilities.
More about AMG CLE 63 S E Performance Cabriolet
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