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C class / E class sedan successor! Mercedes-Benz CLE debuts

2024-03-04 Update From: AutoBeta autobeta NAV: AutoBeta > News >

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On July 5th, the new Mercedes-Benz CLE coupe was officially launched. Based on the current C-Class, the new car is positioned as a two-door four-seater coupe and can be seen as the successor to C-Class Coupe and E-Class Coupe, offering both hard-top and soft-top convertible body designs. It is understood that the Mercedes-Benz CLE coupe will be first listed in the European market in November, while the CLE convertible will be officially launched in 2024.

In terms of appearance, although Mercedes-Benz CLE retains the front design of C-class Coupe and E-class Coupe, the narrow headlight group has a strong recognition, and the internal double-layer LED eyebrows make the new car look very energetic. The intake grille is inlaid with lattice starglow decoration, and it spreads all the way to the lower bumper area, while the design of the diffuser on both sides and the lower air intake continues the latest Mercedes-Benz design style, and the black lattice starglow decoration details of the front bumper are in place. and further enhance the sense of combat.

As a sedan car, Mercedes-Benz CLE has smooth and dynamic side lines, combined with the design style of C-class and E-class coupe, the power-filled waistline and smooth Coupe roof curve are combined in a short and powerful way at the rear, making it look very elegant. In terms of size, the length, width and height of the new CLE are 4850/1860/1428mm and the wheelbase is 2865mm.

In the rear part of the car, the CLE taillight group changes more obviously, which is different from the current C-level E-level, more like drawing lessons from the S-level style, the round shape matches the curved red light belt, and the black panel runs through in the middle, so the visual effect is more youthful and moving. At the same time, the new car uses a hatchback rear door, as well as the classic double-sided exhaust layout, the rear enclosure is decorated with silver panels, and other positions are treated with "blank" treatment, simple and refreshing.

In the interior part, the Mercedes-Benz CLE adopts the same design style as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, using a driver-centered design concept, and the central control screen tilts slightly 6 degrees to the driver. In addition, the details of the whole central control design can also be seen obviously from the new C-class, including the arc corner of the trim panel, the air conditioning outlet inspired by the aircraft turbine design, and so on. Such details can make passengers feel Mercedes-Benz's deep understanding of the luxury cockpit.

In terms of power, Mercedes-Benz CLE and Mercedes-Benz C-class shared powertrain provide different versions such as CLE 200,300 CLE, CLE 300e, CLE 220d, CLE 300d, CLE 4504MATIC and so on. Among them, the most powerful version is the CLE 4504MATIC, equipped with 3.0L straight six engine (code M256m), maximum power 280kW (381HP), peak torque 500N m, 0-100km/h acceleration time of 4.4s. The CLE 300 4MATIC is equipped with an M254 2.0T engine with a maximum power of 258hp, a peak torque of 400Nm and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.2s. The entry-level gasoline version CLE 200is also equipped with a 2.0T engine with a maximum power of 204hp and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.5s; all the above powertrains match the 48V light hybrid system and the transmission system matches the 9-gear automatic gearbox.

It is understood that the Mercedes-Benz CLE will also launch plug-in hybrid and AMG versions in the future, and the AMG version is expected to carry a M256 3.0T engine with a maximum power of 435hp and a peak torque of 560Nm. The plug-in hybrid version is expected to use the same 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus motor plug-in hybrid system as the AMG C 63.

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In 2022, Mercedes-Benz passenger cars (Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars) delivered 2.0439 million vehicles to customers worldwide, down 1 per cent from a year earlier. In Europe, retail sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars rose 1 per cent year-on-year to 635100, with delivery in Germany up 8 per cent to 229500. In the North American market, full-year delivery of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars rose 3 per cent year-on-year to 327000. In Asia, Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales were almost flat, up 1 per cent from a year earlier to 987800, with China still the world's largest single market, but affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and a shortage of spare parts. full-year sales fell 1 per cent year-on-year to 751700.

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Of the 33 Mercedes-Benz models sold in the United States and Europe, only 14 may be retained, and the rest may be phased out, including the Coupe series and station wagons, US auto media Car & Driver reported. It is reported that only 14 of the 33 Mercedes-Benz models sold in the United States and Europe will be retained. Among them, Mercedes-Benz will launch a new CLE model to replace the C-class and E-class two-door Coupe and Cabrioet convertibles to make up for consumer demand for the two models.

At the same time, the GLC and GLE coupe will also launch a new generation of models, but this seems to be the last generation, and then these two models will also be cancelled. In addition, the E-class station wagon will stop production in 2023; the C-class station wagon will stop production in 2028; CLS will stop production in 2024; the new CLA will be launched in 2025 with the Shooting Brake version, but this will also be the last generation; AMG GT will not launch the next generation.

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