Thursday, February 29, 2024

Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet previews a sun-filled summer in Europe – Autoblog

The Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet enters the scene as the third variant of the new model range. A year ago we first saw the 2024 CLE coupe; two months ago, the 2024 AMG CLE 53. If you remember the look of the coupe, the effect of the Stuttgart barbers removing the top a bit is exactly as you would expect. A powered, multi-layer soft top that will be available in black, gray or red depending on the market can be lowered in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. When lowered, four occupants can keep their hair somewhat combed using the deployable Aircap wind deflector above the windshield and another deflector behind the rear seats. Passengers can also take more gear for the ride: Trunk space reaches 13.6 cubic feet with the top up, 10.4 cubes with the top down. The 2023 E 450 Cabriolet’s trunk could only swallow 9.5 cubic feet with the top up, while the C 300 Cabriolet’s trunk could only swallow 8.8 cubic feet.

Occupant space also improves thanks to proportions that approach those of the retired E Cabriolet instead of the smaller C. At 191 inches long, 73.3 inches wide and 56.1 inches tall top, the CLE is half an inch longer, 0.2 inch wider and 0.6 inch lower than the droptop E 450. The CLE’s 112.8 inch wheelbase is only 0.3 inch shorter than that of the E 450, and an inch longer than that of the C 300 sunroof.

European buyers enjoy a feast of powertrain options. Four mild-hybrid options start with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine rated at 194 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Above, three gasoline engines. The first, which we don’t expect here, is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft, serving a CLE 200. The second is more our style, the same four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbo. -pot making 255 hp and 295 hp in a CLE 300; the defunct C 300 Convertible produced 255 hp and 273 lb-ft with the same size engine. The top of the line for now is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 375 horsepower and 369 lb-ft, a few horsepower above our E 450 Convertible’s 362 ponies, and the same amount of torque. Hotter AMG versions like the CLE 53 and its 443 horsepower and 443 lb-ft will follow.

An interior designed like that of the latest C-Class includes the familiar screens and the latest MBUX capabilities such as making Zoom calls, using the Vivaldi web browser and streaming video via Zync. Then there are convertible-specific touches like the Airscarf neck warmer, sun-reflective leather to keep the interior cooler than expected in direct sunlight, and an infotainment screen that can be tilted 15 to 40 degrees to escape the glare.

The CLE Cabriolet will replace the C and E convertibles in the U.S. product lineup. European deliveries are expected to begin in about two months. We’re likely looking at a US launch this summer, or later this year as a 2025 model.

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