Mercedes-Benz is streamlining its range by reducing the number of compact cars, which also means discontinuing some of its two-door models. The latest casualties are the coupe and convertible variants of the C-Class and E-Class, but the good news is that they are getting consolidated in the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLE range. Recently, the camouflaged prototype of the coupe version was spied on again while undergoing testing on icy grounds, and the driver seems to be having the time of his life over it.
The CLE in the video is clad in full camouflage and some parts of it are caked in snow, which effectively hides its key features. However, there are some barely visible visual cues in the clip suggesting the things we can expect from it.
The upcoming CLE model appears to have larger proportions than the C-Class, yet it is projected to be smaller than the outgoing two-door models of the E-Class. Its overall form is also so much like the SL. Meanwhile, the convertible model will have a fabric roof based on earlier spy shots.
We are yet to see what’s inside the car. But then again, its cockpit is expected to be a mix of what the C-Class (W206) and the upcoming E-Class (W214) offer. Of course, it will be rigged with all the latest entertainment, navigational, comfort, and driving assistance systems of its brand.
The CLE is anticipated to use the C-Class as its foundation and will be restricted to four-cylinder engines even for its AMG CLE 43 and CLE 63 versions. Its lineup is expected to feature a plug-in hybrid setup, with the high-voltage stickers on the test vehicle indicating this.
The one shown in the video here looks like the AMG CLE 63, judging mainly by its rectangular exhaust tips. Since the CLE will likely mirror the same powertrain options of the C-Class, its most potent trim might be able to produce up to 671 hp or more.
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly set to reveal the CLE Coupe later this year, with the convertible model following in 2024. The AMG models are likewise expected to be rolled out next year.