November arrival for all-new Coupe from Mercedes-Benz
The very eye-pleasing, all-new Mercedes-Benz CLE, 2-door, Coupé will launch in
Europe next November, replacing two long-established models, the C-Class Coupé
and E-Class coupé, both of which are being discontinued.
The CLE Coupé range will have three models: CLE 220, CLE 300 and CLE 450,
which will include; 4-and 6- cylinder versions, mild hybrid petrol and diesel units, 9-
speed automatic transmission, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and AMG variants. A plug-in
hybrid and open-top cabriolet versions will be added.
At launch, mild hybrid models are:
a 255hp four-cylinder CLE 300
a 375hp three-litre, six-cylinder CLE 450 4Matic,
Both are equipped with integrated starter-generator running on a 48-volt electrical
system that provides an extra 23hp boost to reduce turbo lag and smooth-out the
start/stop function when the engine is running at low speed. In both models, 9-speed
automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are available with multilink front and
rear suspension. A stiffer sport-tuned suspension, standard on the CLE450, is
offered on the CLE 300 with AMG package.
This new coupé has a steeply sloping windscreen and long roof that slopes towards
the rear. Its road stance includes a 15mm lower posture (1,428mm), long wheelbase
(2,865mm), short overhangs (888mm front/1,090mm rear). The accentuated wheel
arches accommodating 18-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels depending on model, with ten
different exterior colours to allow customers customise to their taste.
Two power domes on the front bonnet express the Coupe’s sorting intent. New wrap-
around LED high performance headlights add to its sporty looks, with a new three-
dimensional radiator grille with centre star, louvre and a vision of tiny ‘stars’ familiar
on other Mercedes-Benz models. Striking rear lights and uncluttered, seamless
bodywork blend to remind following traffic that a car of note is ahead.
Inside, tech-focused features include a 312mm fully digital instrument cluster and a
302mm central touchscreen display, angled towards the driver. New electronic
architecture delivers fast 5G data transmission. Seats designed for the CLE – covered
with sustainably-processed, vegetable-tanned leather – are heated with four-way
lumbar support as standard. Its flat-bottomed steering wheel is wrapped in leather.
Billed as the ‘most intelligent coupé with the star’, its many occupant and driver
comfort features include the latest third-generation MBUX infotainment system with
a new level of personalisation, automated convenience functions, and third-party
apps download. Voice assistance can be accessed via its ‘Hey Mercedes’ command
function. Other features include a 17-speaker surround-sound system, remote start,
proximity lock/unlock, hands-free boot access, numerous driver-assistance systems,
and mood-soothing interior ambient lighting in 64 colour choices.