Is the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE more E-Class or C-Class?

The 2024 CLE replaces both the Mercedes Benz E-Class and C-Class coupes. Is it more E-Class or C-Class?

In a time when automakers are tirelessly carving out new niches, Mercedes Benz flips the script with the introduction of its 2024 CLE Coupe. This two-door dynamo takes the baton from both the outgoing E-Class Coupe and C-Class Coupe, occupying a sweet spot somewhere in between its predecessors, albeit leaning towards the E-Class – a nod to its ‘E’ nomenclature.

From the outset, the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE asserts its dominance over its primary competitors, the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5, stretching longer between the axles and offering a wheelbase of 112.8-in (2,865 mm). Compared to the current C-Class Coupe, the new CLE generously gifts passengers with an additional 2.8-in (72 mm) of rear knee room, not to mention 2.1 cu-ft (60 liters) of extra luggage space, perfectly accommodating three golf bags.

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What is the design style of the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE?

Visually, the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE shows a marked affinity with the current C-Class sedan, showcasing a streamlined nose, a slender grille bordered by body-color, and a muscular hood suggestive of a mighty inline engine purring underneath. The inside story of the CLE is a tale of borrowed brilliance, with the dashboard featuring stark similarities to the compact four-door C-Class, setting it distinctly apart from its E-Class sibling.

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What are the engine options in the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE?

In terms of the engine lineup, the new CLE Coupe borrows from the E-Class sedan, offering both gasoline and diesel variants supplemented by an integrated starter generator (ISG) for a mild-hybrid boost. Handing in their manual transmission cards, all CLE models come equipped with a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission.

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What is the performance of the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE?

Diving into the engine specifics, most offerings revolve around a four-cylinder, single-turbo, 2.0-liter formula. Power ranges from a solid 197 hp in the diesel CLE 220d to a slightly more exhilarating 201 hp in the petrol CLE 200. Opt for something higher in the range, and you’ll be graced with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The CLE 300 4Matic steals the show with a stout 255 hp and a notable 295 lb-ft of torque, cutting the 0-62 mph sprint time to a swift 6.2 seconds. For those chasing the thrill, the six-cylinder, 3.0-liter CLE 450 delivers a hefty 376 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, rocketing from 0-62 mph in a brisk 4.4 seconds.

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What is the infotainment options in the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE?

Inside the new CLE Coupe, a 12.3-inch digital display and an 11.9-inch touchscreen adorn the center console. The infotainment system integrates Mercedes’ newest 5G-equipped MBUX technology, facilitating the likes of Webex or Zoom conference calls and more light-hearted entertainment like Jack Ryan. The CLE also inherits an advanced sound system that first graced the S-Class, and the upcoming AMG GT is expected to follow suit.

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Will there be an AMG version of the CLE?

For those yearning for a performance edge, hold your horses for the imminent AMG package. The EPA has leaked details of an upcoming AMG CLE 53, boasting a punchy 3.0-liter turbo six delivering 429 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Also, a convertible version of the CLE is in the works, set to debut in 2024.

If that wasn’t enough, Mercedes plans to add PHEV variants to the CLE lineup next year. There’s also speculation about the introduction of a CLE 63 with plug-in power. As to electric motor, whether it’ll adopt the 671 hp four-cylinder drivetrain from the C 63 S E Performance or the hybridized six-cylinderPHEV speculated for the next E 63 sedan remains to be seen. Regardless, we can confidently anticipate that the AMG CLEs will come standard with an enhanced Technology pack that includes features like adaptive dampers and rear-wheel steering.

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When is the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE going on sale?

The 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE is set to hit European markets in November, followed by a North American release in early 2024. The CLE Cabriolet is expected to join the new CLE coupe the party later that year. Pricing remains a mystery at this point, leaving us to ponder whether the new CLE will align more closely with the outgoing C-Class or E-Class Coupe.

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How much will the 2024 Mercedes Benz CLE cost?

If the C-Class Coupe is the benchmark, we’re looking at an entry point of around £46,000 for a UK-market CLE 200, and just under $55,000 for the North American entry-level CLE 300 4Matic. This aggressive pricing will position the new Mercedes Benz CLE to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the BMW 4-Series. The automotive world waits with bated breath for the next move from the Three-Pointed Star.

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