Sedan gross sales could also be on the decline however the state of affairs is even worse in terms of convertibles. In consequence most automakers have both scaled again the variety of convertibles they provide or dropped the physique fashion altogether.
Mercedes-Benz has had some of the various lineups of convertibles in recent times however it too is within the technique of streamlining its open-top choices. We have already seen the SLK-Class, S-Class Cabriolet and AMG GT Roadster all dropped, with a brand new AMG SL launched to fill the void.
Subsequent we’re anticipating convertible variations of the C-Class and E-Class to be phased out and changed with a single mannequin dubbed the CLE-Class Cabriolet. We have already noticed a prototype for the common CLE-Class Cabriolet and now we now have a prototype for what’s more likely to be a CLE 53 grade from AMG.
We must always see each variants arrive in the marketplace subsequent 12 months, as 2023 or 2024 fashions.
2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet spy photographs – Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Parts that time to this explicit prototype being an AMG embrace the big wheel and brake combo, the big air openings up entrance, and the dual-tip exhaust out again. Ought to a CLE 63 grade be launched, we might anticipate to see quad-exhaust ideas on the rear.
It is not clear what’s occurring within the powertrain division however a very good wager is similar setup launched within the just lately revealed SL 43. The setup consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that generates 381 hp by itself, plus a mild-hybrid system that is capable of ship a brief 14-hp enhance. The engine additionally options an electrified turbocharger just like what’s utilized in System One. An electrical motor is used to spin the turbo’s compressor at low revs, serving to to remove lag and giving a efficiency band extra like that of an even bigger naturally aspirated engine.
As for the roof, Mercedes appears to be going with a soft-top design, identical to on the brand new SL. Nevertheless, the roof is closely camouflaged on the prototype so we won’t see the true form.
Keep tuned for updates as improvement continues.