Are you looking at the Mercedes-Benz lineup and want a rear-wheel drive car that sits between the C-Class and the E-Class? Apparently, the automaker sees this as a viable niche as it reportedly intends to introduce the CLE-Class in 2023, according to Italy. Autoblog.it.
Mercedes uses the prefix CL to designate its coupe-inspired sedan models. This means that the CLE would have the arched roof of vehicles like CLA and CLS. There would also be coupe, convertible and station wagon variants of the new model. To avoid overcrowding the lineup, these models would replace the C-Class Coupe, C-Class Convertible, E-Class Coupe (gallery below and image above) and E-Class Convertible, Autoblog.it complaints.
The CLE Class would come with either rear or all-wheel drive configurations. The models would be available with a new 2.0-liter mild hybrid four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
The development of the CLE-Class is intriguing as quotes from company executives indicate that Mercedes wants to simplify its range.
“We are currently reviewing our product portfolio, especially since we have announced such a large number of pure electric vehicles,” said Markus Schafer, Mercedes R&D director, in a previous interview with Coach. “Knowing the complexity after the growth of the last two years means that we are revisiting our current lineup. The idea is to streamline – by removing car variants, but also platforms, powertrains and components. . “
Another factor that makes the CLE-Class rumor intriguing is that spy photos seem to show Mercedes the development of the next-gen C-Class wagon. Having station wagon versions for these two vehicles of very similar size does not seem to correspond to the automaker’s plan to simplify its lineup.
However, it is entirely possible that the vehicle camouflaged in the spy shots is really the CLE class wagon. The design similarities with the C-Class could allow the two vehicles to be confused, especially when the camouflage hides the bodywork.