New convertible on the best way


Mercedes-Benz redesigned its C-Class for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, however up to now solely the sedan and wagon have arrived.

Our newest spy photographs present a redesigned model of the C-Class Cabriolet, although it is anticipated that this new convertible—and a deliberate coupe—can be rebranded a CLE-Class to replicate a better positioning within the Mercedes lineup. This manner, the CLE-Class can fill in for each the C-Class and E-Class convertibles.

Gross sales of convertibles have been on the decline as an increasing number of consumers flip towards crossovers, and consequently Mercedes has been reducing again on its drop-tops. The automaker has already phased out its SLK-Class, S-Class Cabriolet, and AMG GT Roadster, and the redesigned 2022 AMG SL is now the only real choice within the higher section. Search for this CLE-Class to fill in on the extra reasonably priced finish of the lineup.

It is a technique just like what Audi and BMW used for convertible variations of their respective A4 and 3-Sequence. Recall, the respective predecessors to the A5 Cabriolet and 4-Sequence convertible had been the A4 Cabriolet and 3-Sequence convertible. Mercedes has additionally been down this path with its unique CLK-Class, which was mechanically just like the C-Class however positioned larger.

There’s some substance to the rumors because the prototype seems to characteristic a extra muscular stance and barely slimmer headlights in comparison with the redesigned C-Class, whose underpinnings it is going to share.

Count on the inside to be related in design to the C-Class, which means consumers ought to be handled to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 11.9-inch (with portrait format) infotainment display as customary.

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class spy shots = Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class spy photographs = Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Powertrains also needs to be a match. The C-Class is out there within the U.S. in C300 guise solely at current. The C300 is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and is aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that provides one other 20 hp and 148 lb-ft for brief blasts. Extra choices are coming, together with sizzling C43 and C63 fashions from AMG whose powertrains also needs to make it into related AMG variations of the CLE-Class.

As for the roof, Mercedes seems to be going with a soft-top design, similar to on the SL, although the automaker has closely camouflaged it so we will not see the true form.

A reveal ought to happen late this 12 months or early subsequent. The coupe ought to arrive about the identical time.


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