New Mercedes CLE will replace C & E-Class Coupes

Mercedes-Benz's BMW 8-Series-sized coupe is designed to replace the C & E Class Coupes

Mercedes Have unveiled a new model, the CLE, which is said to replace the C-Class and E-Class Coupes, thus simplifying the line-up. 

The new CLE is a blend of the C-class and E-class coupe it replaces, sitting between the two in terms of wheelbase but surpassing both in overall length. At 4.85 metres, it's nearly identical in length to the BMW 8-series, making it the largest model in its segment. This increase in size translates to more usable interior space for both occupants and luggage.

The design language of the CLE aligns with the rest of the current Mercedes-Benz range, featuring a typical coupe design with a low-slung bonnet, sloping rear, and shallow A-pillar slant. Standard features include 18-inch wheels and bespoke LED headlights, with options for 19 and 20-inch wheels and advanced Digital Light headlights.

The interior of the CLE showcases the third-generation MBUX infotainment system, with a greater focus on automated functions. The cabin features a free-standing 11.9-inch digital dashboard and a second 12.3-inch infotainment display. Additional options include newly designed sports seats, 64-colour ambient lighting, seven-zone massage seats, and a 710w, 17-speaker Burmester sound system.

The CLE range will initially consist of three four-cylinder petrol variants, one four-cylinder diesel, and a range-topping six-cylinder petrol. The top-of-the-range CLE 450 4MATIC boasts a 376bhp, 367lb ft 3-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine, achieving a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. All models feature 48V mild-hybrid technology and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version of the CLE will be available in due course.

Mercedes are yet to reveal prices for the CLE but the first Coupe is set to be released in November and the Cabriolet is set for 2024, so expect pricing to be announced by the end of the summer.  

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