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Mercedes-Benz CLE to switch C-, E- and S-Class coupe, convertible vary | Autocar India

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Mercedes-Benz is consolidating the coupe and convertible line-ups attributable to elevated concentrate on all-electric EQ automobiles.

Mercedes-Benz is placing the ending touches to the all-new CLE coupe and CLE cabriolet forward of a deliberate unveiling for the brand new two-door fashions, codenamed C236 and A236, respectively, in 2023.

  • The CLE shall be primarily based on the fifth-gen C-Class platform
  • It would get its personal distinct styling
  • 4-cylinder engine anticipated throughout the vary

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE: what’s it?

Due shortly earlier than the sixth-generation E-Class sedan arrives abroad subsequent 12 months, the CLE has been developed as a alternative for six Mercedes-Benz fashions: each the coupe and convertible variations of the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class.

The transfer comes as Mercedes-Benz consolidates its R&D spending on standard combustion-engined fashions in favour of increasing its line-up with devoted EQ-badged EVs comparable to the brand new EQE sedan, EQE SUV and EQS SUV – all of that are set to hit showrooms internationally throughout the subsequent 12 months.

The primary stage of the consolidation plan was carried out in 2020 when Mercedes-Benz ended manufacturing of the S-Class coupe and cabriolet. Since then, it has additionally ushered in a brand new model of the C-Class, completely in 4 and five-door guises.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE: platform and dimensions

The premise for the CLE is that this newly launched, fifth-generation C-Class sedan, which sits on Mercedes’ second-generation MRA platform. Dimensionally, the brand new CLE slots between at present’s 4,686mm-long C-Class cabriolet and the 4,826mm lengthy E-Class cabriolet, lining it up as a direct rival to the two-door derivatives of the Audi A5 and BMW Four Sequence.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE: design

Images of a closely disguised CLE cabriolet prototype present process chilly climate testing verify earlier stories that the brand new mannequin will function its personal distinctive styling, with a racier profile and extra muscular look than the C-Class.

As with the outgoing C-Class, E-Class and S-Class cabriolets, the brand new open-top mannequin receives a multi-layered cloth roof. Much like the one utilized by the present E-Class cabriolet, it’s designed to stow on the rear of the cabin below a plastic tonneau cowl.

Prototypes of the CLE coupe have but to seem in public, however insiders have informed our sister publication Autocar UK that it has a pillarless roof design in line with the present E-Class coupe.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE: interiors

Inside, the CLE adopts the cabin structure of the newest C-Class, together with a dashboard that includes a standard-fit digital instrument panel and a portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment of as much as 11.9-inch.

Finer particulars, together with points comparable to the form of the air vents, are stated to be shared with the brand new E-Class saloon in a bid to present the CLE a suitably upmarket positioning.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE: powertrain

As with the brand new C-Class, the CLE shall be provided completely with longitudinally mounted four-cylinder engines in each commonplace and AMG fashions. In line with Mercedes’ plans to eliminate handbook shifters, all fashions may have a nine-speed automated gearbox.

Milder variations will get rear-wheel drive, with the extra performance-oriented fashions set to run Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system.

Alongside standard petrol models, the brand new coupe and cabriolet will provide at the least one petrol-electric plug-in hybrid unit, together with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine and electrical motor system claimed to develop greater than 500hp in a range-topping AMG CLE 63e 4Matic+ mannequin.

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