By Otsile Kadiege
About two years ago Mercedes-Benz announced that they’ll be trimming a couple of models for their product line-up. Some of the models which were on the chopping block included the C-Class and E-Class coupés and convertibles. The automaker replaced the the axed models with the all-new CLE model which is a mash-up of the C-Class and E-Class.
Like most modern Mercedes-Benz models, the new CLE sports a the brand’s unmistakable ‘Sensual Purity’ design language, electrified powertrains and a raft of technologies as well as new safety and driver assistance systems.
On the exterior, the all-new CLE’s design is based on the automaker’s Sensual Purity design philosophy. Up front, the CLE has a forward-leaning front section (“shark nose”) with a low-slung bonnet, flat LED headlights with a unique design and a distinctive radiator grille. The rear is characterised by flowing surfaces and smooth transitions. Another highlight is the two-part LED lights with new contours and three-dimensional light bodies.
Optionally, a light show to welcome and say goodbye to the passengers is available. The rear lights are connected with a dark red design element. Like the classic chrome trim strip on the bumper, it emphasises the width of the rear. In the Avantgarde Line, C‑shaped trim parts enclose the chrome trim strip like a classy clasp.
The exterior dimensions of the CLE are as follows: 4,850 millimetres long, 1,860 millimetres wide and 1,428 millimetres high, the new two-door is significantly larger than the C‑Class Coupé, but 2 millimetres flatter and 15 millimetres longer than the E-Class Coupé.
Interior design and technology
Inside, the CLE boasts a familiar Mercedes-Benz design similar to the likes of the C-Class and S-Class. Highlights include a free-standing 12.3-inch running on the latest MBUX infotainment system with the intelligent ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, a fully digital instrument display, a 11.9-inch driver-oriented central display, 64 colour ambient lighting and an optional 17-speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system.
With its dimensional concept – in particular the 25-millimetre longer wheelbase – the CLE Coupé offers more space than the C-Class Coupé. The rear passengers in particular benefit from 10 millimetres more headroom, 19 millimetres more shoulder and elbow room and 72 millimetres more knee room. The trunk offers 60 litres more volume and can easily hold three golf bags
Driver assistance systems
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.
Powertrains and performance
All Mercedes-Benz CLE engines are mild hybrids with an integrated starter generator and 48-volt electrical system. There’s a choice of four-cylinder units and – as the most powerful engine – a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine code named M 256 M in the CLE 450 4Matic. It produces 280kW/500Nm and is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The chassis of the CLE is lowered by 15 millimetres 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, are said to ensure 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 centimetres. 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 metres).
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