2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE spied | PerthNow

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Mercedes-Benz’s new range of midsize coupes and convertibles is about to be unveiled, with prototypes wearing less and less camouflage.

The Mercedes-Benz CLE, as it may be called, will replace the outgoing coupe and convertible models in the C-Class and E-Class ranges.

Scheduled to also offer higher-performance Mercedes-AMG variants, the CLE will allow Mercedes-Benz to always field a rival to the BMW 4 Series and M4 and the Audi A5, S5 and RS5.

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Design-wise, the new model retains the firm’s signature soft, rounded look, although there’s also a resemblance to the sharper Mercedes-AMG SL.

Our photographers have now caught a glimpse of almost the entire range, including coupe and convertible body styles and plug-in hybrid and AMG 43 and 63 variants.

It is likely that the CLE will use the new MRA-2 architecture and offer a range of electrified four-cylinder powertrains, as with the redesigned C-Class.

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At the top of the range will likely be a CLE 63 AMG, with the AMG C63’s high-performance plug-in hybrid all-wheel-drive setup.

This model uses a redesigned version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the AMG A45 with total system outputs of 500 kW and 750 Nm.

Beneath the C63 is the C43, with a version of the mild-hybrid turbo four-cylinder engine used in the SL 43 convertible and producing outputs of 300kW and 500Nm.

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There will naturally be more affordable and less powerful versions under these AMG models.

A likely option is the C300’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mild-hybrid powertrain, which produces 190kW and 400Nm.

Previous spy photos revealed the interior features a similar triple-vent design to the C-Class, and we’re expecting a similar portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. autonomous for this model.

Mercedes-Benz head of research and development Markus Schafer told Auto Express that it does have three convertibles – the SLC and C-Class and E-Class convertibles – taking up a portion of the market that is not particularly profitable.

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He did, however, concede that it is important for a luxury car brand to continue to offer coupe and convertible models.

As Mercedes-Benz expands its range of electric vehicles to include models such as the EQE and EQS built on a dedicated EV architecture, it is aware that its model range cannot become too large and unwieldy.

The low-volume SLC has already been phased out, and no coupe or convertible versions of the redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class have been announced.

The merging of the two-door C-Class and E-Class lines recalls the days of the CLK.

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Sold for two generations from 1997 to 2010, the CLK used the C-Class platform but with styling cues from the E-Class, and was available with an engine range from four to eight cylinders.

It was replaced by the E-Class Coupe and Convertible, which continued to use C-Class mechanicals, but were soon joined by a C-Class Coupe and Convertible.

In 2017, Mercedes-Benz finally returned an E-Class-based coupe and convertible to the E-Class range, while the C-Class range continued to offer two-door variants.

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