New 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE revealed

Replacing both the C-class and E-class coupe, the new CLE forms a basis for AMG's upcoming plug-in hybrid CLE63

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-new CLE in coupe and cabriolet forms, effectively replacing the firm’s two-door C-class and E-class models in one hit as part of a revised range structure. Set to hit the road in hard-top guise this November, the cabriolet will follow shortly behind with a market launch in 2024, with the reveal of a plug-in hybrid CLE63 S E Performance range-topper to follow.

Blending elements of the C-class and E-class coupe it replaces, the new CLE sits between the two in terms of wheelbase while being longer than both overall – Mercedes-Benz says it’s the largest model in its segment at 4850mm in length, which is nearly identical to the BMW 8-series. As a result, the CLE is said to feature more usable interior space than before for both occupants and luggage. 

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Adopting the same design language as the rest of the current Mercedes-Benz range, the CLE features a typical coupe design, with a low slung bonnet, sloping rear and shallow A-pillar slant. A set of 18-inch wheels and bespoke LED headlights are standard fit, but 19 and 20-inch items can be equipped at a cost with trick Digital Light headlights also available. 

Initially, the CLE range will consist of three four-cylinder petrol variants, one four cylinder diesel and a range-topping six-cylinder petrol. At the bottom of the range is the rear-drive CLE 220d and CLE 200 with around 200bhp, with the rest of the lineup all-wheel drive only. At the top of the range (for now, at least) is the CLE 450 4MATIC, which uses a 376bhp, 367lb ft 3-litre turbocharged six-cylinder to achieve a 4.4sec 0-62mph time and 155mph flat out. Each model features 48V mild-hybrid tech and a nine-speed automatic transmission – specifics are still under wraps, but Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed that the CLE will be available in plug-in hybrid form in due course. 

Opt for the Technology Package and the chassis is upgraded with Mercedes’ Dynamic Body control, with adaptive damping and rear axle steering. The latter allows the rear wheels to turn by 2.5 degrees, steering in the opposite direction to the front wheels below 37mph for a tighter turning circle than even the smaller C-class coupe.

Inside, the CLE features the third-generation MBUX infotainment system, now with a greater focus on automated functions. As we’ve seen elsewhere in the range, a free-standing 11.9-inch digital dashboard displays all necessary information to the driver, with a second 12.3-inch infotainment display the centrepiece of the cabin. Newly designed sports seats, 64-colour ambient lighting, seven-zone massage seats and a 710w, 17-speaker Burmester sound system can all be specified at an additional cost, too. As we’ve come to expect, the CLE gets a raft of driver assistance and safety systems as standard.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but first CLE coupe’s are set to hit the road this November in Europe, with the cabriolet following in 2024.

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