Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 CLE Coupe, putting an end to the speculation surrounding this sleek two-door hardtop. Set to replace both the C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe, the CLE Coupe promises a host of exciting features and design enhancements. With a market launch scheduled for early next year, let’s delve into the details of this impressive new offering.
One of the standout characteristics of the CLE Coupe is its longer stature. While sharing the same 112.8-inch wheelbase as the C-Class, it exceeds its predecessor by 6.5 inches and even outstretches the E-Class Coupe by six-tenths of an inch. With a total length of 191.0 inches, the CLE Coupe offers a more commanding presence on the road. Furthermore, it comes in at a mere 1.1 inches shorter than the long-wheelbase C-Class variant for the Chinese market.
Under the hood, the CLE Coupe distinguishes itself from the new C-Class with an available six-cylinder powertrain. The CLE 450 4Matic boasts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine, complemented by an integrated starter generator. This combination delivers an impressive 375 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, the CLE 450 4Matic promises a dynamic and exhilarating driving experience.
For those seeking a more accessible option, Mercedes offers the CLE 300 4Matic in the United States. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine, this mild hybrid variant produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the same nine-speed automatic transmission and the brand’s renowned 4Matic system, the CLE 300 4Matic provides a compelling blend of performance and efficiency.
In terms of design, the 2024 CLE Coupe showcases Mercedes’ signature aesthetic, with subtle refinements that set it apart from its predecessors. Its distinctive features include a more sharply inclined A-pillar, a shorter front overhang, an extended rear overhang, and larger wheel arches. These elements contribute to its sporty and dynamic appearance.
Inside the cabin, the CLE Coupe shares many similarities with the C-Class. The centerpiece is the large, free-standing 12.3-inch display on the center console, accompanied by an 11.9-inch digital instrument cluster. Notably, the front seats feature an exclusive design specific to the CLE, incorporating two speakers at the headrest level as part of the standard Burmester premium audio system. Mercedes introduces an elegant Nappa loop at the upper edge of the backrest, providing easy access to the rear seats—a first for the brand.
While pricing details are yet to be announced, Mercedes plans to make the 2024 CLE Coupe available at US dealerships in the early months of next year. The CLE Cabriolet, the convertible version of the coupe, will follow shortly thereafter. Additionally, AMG-branded versions of both the coupe and the convertible are currently in development, promising even higher performance and luxury.
Accompanying the official photos of the CLE Coupe, Mercedes also offers a glimpse of the CLE Cabriolet, showcasing the anticipated open-top variant of this remarkable model. The convertible is expected to mirror the technology and engines of its coupe counterpart upon its debut.
The 2024 Mercedes CLE Coupe represents a significant step forward for the brand, blending power, style, and advanced features into a single exhilarating package. With its longer dimensions, refined design, and enhanced performance, the CLE Coupe is poised to captivate luxury car enthusiasts when it arrives on the market.