Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the CLE-Class, filling the spot for the two-door versions of the previous C-Class and E-Class. The new model will hit dealerships early next year, with performance options from AMG still in development. We have latest spy shots that uncover a prototype for the sporty CLE 53 coupe from AMG along with a high-performance CLE 63, available in both coupe and convertible body styles.
The AMG model is easily recognizable by its grille with vertical slats, massive brakes, and the Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The CLE 53 features four round exhaust tips, while the CLE 63 sports four square-shaped tips, showing off its performance credentials.
As for the powertrain for the CLE 53, there are a few possibilities under consideration. One possibility is the same setup introduced in the 2023 C 43 sedan, which includes a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that generates 402 hp, assisted by a mild-hybrid system for a temporary 14-hp boost. However, the regular CLE-Class CLE 450 packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine, leaving room for speculation on the powertrain for the CLE 53. Another option could be AMG launching the CLE 53 with the same plug-in hybrid powertrain intended for the newly revealed 2026 GLE 53 Hybrid, combining a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with an electric motor for a combined 536 hp.
The powertrain for the CLE 63 is also uncertain, with speculations pointing towards a turbo-4-based plug-in hybrid setup, similar to that featured in the 2024 C 63 S E Performance sedan and upcoming 2025 GLC 63 S E Performance crossover. This powertrain combines a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and mild-hybrid setup with a rear-mounted electric motor for a combined peak output of 671 hp. Additionally, there are rumors of a plug-in hybrid powertrain built around an inline-6 being used for the CLE 63 and possibly a future E 63.
The CLE 53 and CLE 63 are expected to debut in the first half of 2024 and should go on sale later that year as 2025 models in the U.S.
The release of the CLE-Class is exciting for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and those in the market for a premium coupe or convertible. The lineup, especially the AMG models, promises high-performance driving and cutting-edge powertrain technology. The combination of luxury and sportiness in the CLE-Class is set to make it a standout option in the market, providing customers with the best of both worlds. With a range of powertrain options and body styles, the CLE-Class is positioning itself as a versatile and highly desirable model that caters to a wide range of driving preferences and lifestyles.
The new design and technology incorporated in the CLE-Class, along with the performance offered by the AMG models, make it a highly anticipated addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup. As the prototypes undergo testing and the release date approaches, anticipation for the arrival of the CLE-Class continues to build. Once available, the CLE-Class is expected to set new benchmarks in its segment, providing an exceptional driving experience and luxurious features that are synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz brand.