The line-up of Mercedes-Benz has ballooned over the years, but the company later realized that having a wide array of spin-off cars doesn’t always translate to more sales. Let’s say, for example, the C-Class and E-Class coupe and convertible models aren’t exactly really doing well even during pre-pandemic times. So, their axing has been in discussion in the past few years. Now, the German automaker finally confirmed that the mentioned two-door units are about to be streamlined into a single car, the Mercedes CLE.
According to reports, MBUSA already informed its US dealerships about the matter. The decision came after the dwindling sales of the coupe and cabrio offshoots of the C-Class and E-Class range. The merging of the two into a single model, the CLE, could mean freeing up some areas in the production lines of Mercedes so that it could augment its efforts to meet the high demand for SUVs.
The CLE is a convertible that’s expected to have the same proportions as the C-Class mashed with little E-Class elements to distinguish itself from the said core models of Mercedes. It will likely come with a fabric roof and will use the same 2.0-liter mild-hybrid engine that’s set to debut with the incoming AMG C63.
The Mercedes CLE will probably have its world premiere in the latter part of 2022 or in the first half of 2023. Whether or not it will also get a coupe model remains to be seen.