This summer, Mercedes-Benz announced a new kind of hybrid: soft-top and hard-top flavors of the CLE, a new model which represents the amalgamation of the outgoing 2-door C-Class and E-Class.
If the combination sounds like production and showroom efficiency, well, it likely is; but Mercedes has packed the comprehensive new model with reasons why the divisional C-Class and E-Class quandary might well not be missed in favor of the CLE by buyers shopping for a luxury car this year. The model is well arrived; some might even see in it a natural evolution of the species. And considering C-Class sales volumes, it is decidedly a bold upmarket shift for Mercedes.
The CLE’s long-wheelbase design is the basis for performance car visuals; the model features a powerful look, with large wheel arches, beefy shoulders, and rather intense vertical massing, all of which is enhanced by a newly designed grille and two-section taillights. The coupe features a fastback design, and more space, sez Merc, than the C-Class.
Engine options for the CLE include four- and six-cylinder options. The interiors are designed around two displays, an 11.9-inch and a 12.3-inch just for the operator, and feature atmospheric touches that include door panel light strips. Standard for the model: 64-color ambient lighting, Burmester sound with Atmos, Nappa leather, and third-gen MBUX.