Sedan gross sales could also be on the decline, however the state of affairs is even worse on the subject of sporty two-door automobiles. In consequence, most automakers have both scaled again the variety of coupes and convertibles they provide or dropped the physique kinds altogether.
Mercedes-Benz is one automaker scaling issues again. For instance, it is getting ready a single nameplate to interchange the present C-Class and E-Class coupe and convertible fashions.
The brand new nameplate is predicted to be referred to as the CLE-Class, and we have beforehand noticed it testing in convertible kind. Now contemporary prototypes for the coupe physique fashion have been noticed. Each ought to arrive available on the market subsequent yr, doubtless as 2024 fashions.
The automotive is carefully associated to the redesigned 2022 C-Class, although it seems to be to characteristic a extra muscular stance and barely slimmer headlights. This could lead to a sportier look total.
2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE-Class spy photographs = Photograph credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Anticipate the inside to be related in design to the most recent C-Class, which means patrons must be handled to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 11.9-inch (with portrait format) infotainment display screen as commonplace.
Powertrains must also match these of the C-Class. The C-Class is obtainable within the U.S. in C300 guise solely at current. Powering the C300 is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; it is teamed with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that provides one other 20 hp and 148 lb-ft for brief blasts. Extra choices are coming from AMG, together with a just lately revealed C 43 with greater than 400 hp and a soon-to-be-revealed C 63 that may ship in extra of 600 hp via a hybridized turbo-4. Each AMG choices must be accessible for the CLE-Class. Keep tuned.