The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé

Mercedes-Benz continues its long tradition of sporty, elegant dream cars with a new, independent series. The new CLE Coupé uses the conceptual and technical innovations of the C-Class and E‑Class.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Photos by Mercedes-Benz

With its expressive design, exclusive comfort equipment for maximum individuality, and confident, sporty driving performance, the new two-door car goes its own way. The market launch of the CLE Coupé will start in Europe in November. The CLE Cabriolet will follow next year for open-air connoisseurs. With the new dream car series, Mercedes-Benz is fulfilling the wishes of many customers in the C-Class and E-Class segments.

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Shark Nose

Long wheelbase, a well-positioned and strongly inclined A-pillar, a short front and a slightly longer rear body overhang, pronounced shoulders, and large wheels. There has always been a special magic inherent in these proportions, which are inextricably linked to the Mercedes-Benz brand. The new CLE Coupé combines these sporty, elegant proportions with the modern design language of Mercedes‑Benz. True to the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity, the result is a sculpture full of power and dynamism that embodies an emotional statement from every perspective.

The progressively forward-leaning front section ("shark nose") with a low-slung bonnet, flat LED headlights with a unique design, and the newly designed, three-dimensional radiator grille ensure an athletic yet exquisite appearance. The powerfully contoured power domes on the long hood refer to powerful engines with up to six cylinders. In the side view, a distinctively shaped edge structures the powerful volume. This character line runs from the headlight to the exterior mirror and from the rear light to the door handle. The muscular rear is characterized by flowing surfaces, smooth transitions, and two-part LED lights with new contours and three-dimensional light bodies.

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Exterior

At 4,850 millimeters long, 1,860 millimeters wide, and 1,428 millimeters high, the new two-door is the largest coupé in the mid-size segment. With its dimensional concept - notably, the 25-millimeter longer wheelbase - the CLE Coupé offers significantly more space than the C-Class Coupé. The rear passengers benefit from 10 millimeters more headroom, 19 millimeters more shoulder and elbow room, and 72 millimeters more knee room. The trunk volume offers 60 liters more and can easily hold three golf bags.

Eye-catchers in the interior are the free-standing 12.3-inch, fully digital instrument display, the 11.9-inch, driver-oriented central display in user-friendly portrait format, and the dynamic ambient lighting featuring 64 colors. If desired, it can extend from the center console to beneath the outer air vents. A strip of light runs along the contours of the armrest and beltline to the rear of each door. Another highlight is the front seats in integral sport design, developed exclusively for the CLE. In conjunction with the optional Burmester 3D surround sound system, they each have two loudspeakers at the level of the headrests and thus create an exceptionally individual and immersive music experience with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio close to the ears.

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Exterior

For the first time at Mercedes-Benz, the front seats are not unlocked using a lever but instead with an elegant loop made of Nappa leather. It is conveniently located at the upper edge of the backrest.

The CLE Coupé adopts numerous digital innovations from the new E-Class. With the new electronics architecture and the third generation of the MBUX infotainment system, it is the most intelligent coupé with the star. It offers an exceptionally interactive entertainment experience with third-party apps and a new level of personalization with automated convenience functions (routines).

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Interior

The new CLE Coupé sets standards in efficiency thanks to systematic electrification and intelligent downsizing. All engines are mild hybrids with an integrated starter generator and a 48-volt electrical system. There is a choice of four-cylinder units and - as the most powerful engine - a 3.0‑litre straight-six petrol engine.

Thanks to consistent electrification and intelligent downsizing, the new CLE Coupé sets standards in efficiency. The range of engines includes four-cylinder units and a six-cylinder engine from the current modular Mercedes-Benz engine family FAME (Family of Modular Engines). Both the diesel and petrol engines are mild hybrids. In addition to a turbocharger, they have a second-generation integrated starter generator (ISG). It provides support in the low-speed range and ensures excellent power development.

The ISG includes the 48-volt vehicle electrical system. It ensures functions such as coasting, boost, or regeneration and thus enables significant savings in consumption. Another advantage: the engines start very quickly and conveniently. As a result, the start-stop function is almost invisible, as is the transition from coasting with the engine switched off to powerful propulsion with engine power. When idling, the intelligent interaction of the ISG with the combustion engine ensures outstanding smoothness. Thanks to a new battery, the electric motor's power has been increased from 15 to 17 kW compared to other series. The boost torque is 200 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Interior

The chassis is lowered by 15 millimeters as standard. The optional Dynamic Body Control, with continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axles in combination with rear-axle steering, both offered in the Technology package, ensures particularly agile and, at the same time, comfortable driving pleasure. The steering angle is up to 2.5 degrees. This reduces the turning circle by 50 centimeters. Despite its larger dimensions, the CLE Coupé with rear-wheel drive has a smaller turning circle than the C-Class Coupé (10.7 instead of 11.2 meters).

Numerous driver assistance systems, some of which have been further developed, offer situation-specific support for more safety. The extensive standard equipment includes Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and the parking package with reversing camera. In Western Europe, Active Distance Assist Distronic is also standard equipment.

Model Range for the market launch in Europe
Mercedes-Benz CLE 220 d - 145/200 kW/PS 
Mercedes-Benz CLE 200 - 150/204 kW/PS
Mercedes-Benz CLE 200 4MATIC - 150/204 kW/PS
Mercedes-Benz CLE 300 4MATIC - 190/258 kW/PS
Mercedes-Benz CLE 450 4MATIC - 280/381 kW/PS

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