Following the announcement of the brand new Mercedes-Benz CLE The company has published additional images of the Cabriolet body style, giving an even better view of the design from various perspectives. In a time when drop-top models are becoming rare, It is nice to find a conventional four-seater two-door car with a soft-top from a reputable automaker such as Mercedes. However, this CLE Cabriolet serves as a substitute for two models namely that of the C-Class Cabriolet and E-Class Cabriolet.
2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet Models
The model’s length of 4,850 millimeters is a part of the bodywork and its closed-roof model, but it has the upper deck of the rear that has been redesigned. The model in the photo is white, with a red top that matches the upholstery inside.
The brand-new CLE Cabriolet has four individual seats that offer virtually infinite headroom. Similar to its predecessor, the CLE Coupe, the dashboard includes with a 12.3-inch electronic instrument cluster along with an 11.9-inch touchscreen that is located on the center console, which runs with the most up-to-date MBUX infotainment. Other highlights include multi-colored light sources, carbon-fiber inserts, and aluminum-inspired accents.
In one of the official pictures in the official photos, we can see a retractable air deflector above the windshield as well as an air shield vertically between the compartments for passengers. The elements will ensure that all passengers are relaxed even while driving at a high rate without the roof up and reducing air turbulence over the cabin.
Its engine selection for the CLE Cabriolet will most likely be a part of its CLE Coupe, which in itself is powered by the E-Class. The Coupe is offered with mild-hybrid diesel and petrol engines as well as plug-in hybrid options. Plug-in hybrid options are expected to be available in 2024.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, along with three-cylinder petrol engines and 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol are equipped with a 9-speed auto gearbox. The power is transferred through the rear axle as well as to the four-wheel using four-way transmissions that are available. The AMG-branded models are expected to be released this year for both Coupe as well as the Cabriolet body style variations.
Interior & Exterior
Because it’s expected that the CLE can replace both the soon-to-disappear C-Class two-doors (still running on the C-Class’s previous generation platform) as well as their current E-Class counterparts, you’d expect it to fall in between both in many ways, but this isn’t completely the case. The CLE will use the identical flexible “MRA II” platform architecture like the newly-redesigned C-, E- as well as S-Class models, and there are plenty of similar features. In terms of size, however, it is a bit smaller. CLE Coupe is slightly longer than the 2023 E-Class Coupe, at 191 inches in length, riding a 114.1-inch wheelbase. It is also larger than the original C-Class Coupe.
The automaker claims that this will give more room than the predecessor to C-Class. According to Mercedes-Benz, it will offer 2.8 inches more rear knee space (to 34.8 inches) and 2.1 cubic feet more trunk space than the older E-Class (for an impressive 12.6 overall, based on the specs of the C-Class Coupe). Mercedes-Benz officials also have stated that the floorplan has been modified to allow for more legroom forward but exact numbers have not been released.
It’ll also be simpler to access the rear seats. The majority of owners of coupes do not use the rear seats of their cars to store anything however BMW’s ample 8 and 4 Series coupes have comfortable seating in the back that old C-Class coupes could not, and that smaller coupes such as those of the Lexus RC or BMW 2 Series would never be able to equal. The new BMW 8 Series will make it easy to get into the rear with the easy-entry switch, which is activated by a Nappa leather loop that is located on the top edge of the front seats.
The screens, vents, and dashboard are identical to those found in the C-class as well as the latest GLC. It has a 12.3-inch screen for the driver as well as an 11.9-inch center information display running the latest MBUX software. These seats in the front are unique for the CLE and have integrated headphones in the headrests and the cabin is outfitted with the same stylish ambient lighting in 64 colors that previous Benzes have been sporting. A head-up display option could be in the works.
Unfortunately, the beautiful hardtop roof, which was a feature in E-Class coupes for years and evoked an open-air feel even with a fixed roof, will soon be not available anymore. Notably, the first CLK did not have the same feature. Instead, the CLE will utilize a traditional B-pillar similar to the C-Class Coupe, likely for safety reasons in a crash and also for cost however it could also be to improve the sound of the car. If you’re looking to get the outdoorsy feeling, you’ll need to be patient and wait until the Cabriolet. At a minimum, an open-air sunroof is going to be available for the Coupe.
The B-pillar, or not B-pillar or not, the CLE is a nice-looking car. Sporting the latest version of the muscular but soft “Sensual Purity” design language that has been a staple of the Mercedes-Benz lineup for the last half a decade, the CLE riffs on both the older C and E models while making something entirely fresh. It’s a Mercedes-Benz coupe that looks like Mercedes-AMG SL and CLA. Mercedes-AMG CLA and SL. CLA However, it is more modern and clean than its rival BMW.
The interior, cabin, and screens come straight from both the C-Class or GLC However, that’s not a good thing since this design is among the most beautiful in the respective class of these vehicles. It’s just as luxurious. Mercedes-Benz
While Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet announced specific specifications however, the company announced on its website that CLE will come with 2.0-liter four or 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines and that all engines will come with 48V mild-hybrid assist systems. It is likely this means that CLE Coupe will use the same 255-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is found in the C-Class and GLC as the engine of its base (for the CLE 300) and the more powerful 375-hp 3.0-liter inline-six of the E-Class as an alternative (for a CLE 450), though specific details may differ and will not be announced until the end of the year.
Both models will likely feature the same nine-speed automated that is used in both models, as well as also the GLC crossover. The CLE is likely to also come with four-wheel drive with 4Matic as an option. It will also come with an assortment of 18- to 20-inch rims. It’s not yet time to determine what the tuner in-house at AMG will be offering to the car however because the CLE will replace two models offered with AMG 53 and 63 S models at various dates, the future is likely to include scorching and hot variants, but not until 2024, or perhaps the beginning of 2025.
Mercedes-Benz will offer the same safety features as the GLC and C-Class which include automatic emergency brakes, a driver’s focus monitor, with active brake assist. The entire suite, including the same level 2 driving aid features found on other models, will be available as an option.
2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet Price & Release Date
It is expected that the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupe will arrive in the showrooms of dealers in the fall of this year along with the Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet arriving right in time for the Spring of 2024. Mercedes-Benz hasn’t announced pricing information yet however we can anticipate it to be closer to the original E-Class Coupe in price than the original C-Class.
In 2022 it is expected that the C300 Coupe started at just less than $49,000. However, the CLE’s price starting point is more likely to be a little over $60,000, which is an increase of a significant amount, but it’s the price tag for a more powerful, larger car. The price isn’t yet known, but it could be less than the six-cylinder-only 2023 E-Class Coupe, which starts at $70,800 and includes destination charges. The 6-cylinder CLE models are more expensive than $70,000.
The past has taught us that even the more expensive price is still a bargain. The final W124-series E320 Coupe was new in 1996, it was priced at $63,000 (the equivalent to $124,000 in today’s dollars). 1998’s CLK was the first time it was available to the U.S., listed for less than $40,000, which is roughly $75,000 at present. If Mercedes-Benz continues to follow this model and sells more coupes at a lower price in 2024, no one will be disappointed.
We’ll find out more information concerning this Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet closer to the launch of its market, which is scheduled for 2024. The models that are a direct competitor to that model will be restricted by the BMW 4-Series Convertible and the Audi A5 Cabriolet. The only left drop-top version in the Mercedes range can be found in that of the SL Roadster.