Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its most intelligent coupe ever, the 2024 CLE Coupe, combining technical innovations from the E-Class and C-Class to mark a new era for two-door luxury. With its elegant lines, fluid design, and long wheelbase, the CLE is a captivating blend of comfort, innovation, and driving excitement.
At first sight, the CLE dazzles with its unmistakable luxury coupe aesthetics. Its rakish angles and athletic stance add a touch of edge to its fluid design. This coupe represents the latest milestone in Mercedes-Benz’s tradition of merging comfort, innovation, and driving pleasure. The interior of the CLE is a testament to its remarkable dimensions, premium materials, and thoughtfully designed accessories.
The cabin of the CLE features two free-standing digital displays that put maximum focus on the driver. These displays can be personalised with three different styles, allowing drivers to tailor their experience. Additionally, the CLE comes standard with ambient lighting in 64 colours, setting the mood for any journey. The multi-function sports steering wheel and new front seats with integrated headrests, designed exclusively for the CLE, enhance comfort and driving pleasure.
One of the standout features of the CLE is its audio system. The Burmester® 3D surround-sound system, with Dolby Atmos®, comprises an intricate 17-speaker array, including two speakers integrated into the headrests. The result is a powerful, subtle, and immersive audio experience, especially when paired with Apple Music’s Spatial Audio. The CLE’s cabin can transform into a private studio, making every drive a pleasurable one.
The CLE Coupe boasts the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) and a new electronic architecture, making it the most intelligent coupe ever produced by Mercedes-Benz. The “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant allows drivers to interact with the CLE using natural, conversational language. The coupe recognizes individual profiles and adjusts lighting, climate, and entertainment preferences based on data from the Mercedes me owner app. This personalization ensures a bespoke driving experience for each occupant.
Intelligence also extends to the power and performance of the CLE. An integrated starter-generator seamlessly interacts with the engine, providing a smooth transition from coasting to a surge of power. Advances in transmission design contribute to enhanced efficiency. The CLE is available with a choice of either a four- or six-cylinder engine, both offering exceptional performance and making every drive a dream.
Mercedes-Benz has consolidated its coupe and convertible variants for the C-Class and E-Class into the 2024 CLE-Class. This new coupe has a similar footprint to the previous C-Class coupe and is equipped with the latest and greatest features Mercedes has to offer. The CLE-Class will compete head-to-head with rivals such as the Audi A5 and the BMW 4-Series.
The 2024 CLE-Class is expected to have a starting price around US$60,000, with the possibility of going up to US$80,000 based on trim and options. Mercedes-Benz has not released specific pricing or equipment information yet, but it could follow the trim lineup introduced with the 2022 C-Class sedan.
Step inside the CLE, and you’ll be greeted by a familiar interior design that showcases impressive craftsmanship and the dual-screen layout. The cockpit bears a striking resemblance to the 2022 C300, which received high praise for its interior quality. However, the absence of switches and knobs may take some getting used to, as most adjustments are made through the central touchscreen. The steering wheel features touch-sensitive zones that resemble buttons, adding to the sleek and modern aesthetic.
The third-generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system in the CLE offers a wide range of features and capabilities. From personalization templates to AI-powered routines to a sound and massage “revitalization” utility, this system provides an array of options that can be customized to suit individual preferences. However, mastering all the system’s capabilities may take some time, as some basic control adjustments are not immediately intuitive.
The interior of the CLE-Class offers improved space compared to the previous C-Class coupe. There is more front and rear passenger volume, with nearly one inch of additional front legroom and shoulder room and over two inches of extra rear legroom. Trunk volume has also increased, but while the CLE offers more back-seat space and luggage capacity, it may not be the ideal choice for long-distance travel with four passengers.
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupe is a testament to the brand’s commitment to luxury, innovation, and driving pleasure. With its intelligent features, striking design, and exceptional performance, this coupe is set to make its mark in the competitive luxury coupe segment. Whether you crave comfort, cutting-edge technology, or exhilarating driving dynamics, the CLE Coupe is shaped by desire and designed to captivate.
Source: Mercedes Benz