Coupes and convertibles may not be the most popular options on the market right now, but Mercedes doesn’t mind taking another crack at this classic automotive recipe. Spy shots reveal a new convertible offering from the three-point star. It will also be available as a coupe, and will be called the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE. The C-Class Coupe was last on sale in 2022, and while the E-Class Coupe is still on sale, the CLE will serve as the replacement for both models when it arrives on our shores.
A new coupe and convertible in 2024 might seem like a bold move, especially with buyers slowly turning their attention toward SUVs and EVs. That said, there are still people who prefer the long, low and wide silhouettes offered by individual luxury coupes. The BMW 4 Series is still here, and Audi sells the A5, so even if Mercedes is gambling on a two-door body style, there’s room in the market for the ultimate CLE.
The CLE will be built on the same platform as the recently redesigned C-Class, which means it will more than likely have similar powertrains. That means a 255-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will serve as the base engine, while rear-wheel drive will come as standard and 4Matic all-wheel drive will be an optional extra.
We also expect the CLE to have AMG-tuned performance models, which are likely to be named the CLE 43 AMG and the CLE 63 AMG. That doesn’t mean they’ll be bringing back the V8 though. These models will still be powered by the pumped-up four-cylinder engine and augmented via a battery pack hidden somewhere in the floor and electric motors.
The interiors are expected to be largely similar to what we have seen from the current C-Class. Mercedes has taken a sort of copy-and-paste approach to interiors lately, sharing the S-Class design with the C-Class, the recently redesigned GLC, SL models and, practically every other The new Mercedes gets permission to come down. market. It’s a well-executed interior space we love spending time in, but after seeing it several times in a row, it may not feel as special or novel as we’d like.
Pricing and availability are details that are still under the wraps, but a look at the pricing structure of the older C-Class Coupe can help us give an educated guess. The base coupe started at $48,900 and went up to over $70,000 for the C 63 AMG. We expect the CLE to be slightly larger and therefore more expensive than the previous C-Class Coupe, and a price of around $53,000 wouldn’t surprise us when the CLE goes on sale for the 2024 model year.