Mercedes-Benz is finally ready to show us more of the first-ever CLE-Class in convertible form. What you see in the gallery below are not official press photos but spy photos taken earlier today by our spies in Germany. It is obviously not the final and complete product, even if it shows us much more than the previous test vehicles.
The heavy camo is finally gone and we can take a look at the overall shape and profile of the vehicle. Having seen the CLE coupe a few times, things don’t seem all that surprising here, but there are some details worth pointing out. First and foremost, there are obvious similarities to the SL Roadster but, again, that shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The CLE family will replace four vehicles in total – the E-Class and C-Class in coupe and convertible variants, meaning the size of the new vehicle will fall somewhere between the outgoing products. On the other hand, the CLE convertible isn’t as aggressive on the ground as the SL, as it will focus on comfort rather than pure performance.
Further differences can be seen at the front where the headlights, although similar in shape, will not have the same overall design. It’s the same story with the grille, which in this case has an interesting pattern with a shape reminiscent of the emblem of the German company. Depending on the trim level and the engine under the hood, there will be a few different grille designs.
The CLE-Class in coupe and convertible versions will ride on the automaker’s MRA-2 platform which also sits under the skin of the current C-Class. Hardware for the two-door models will be shared with the C, which could also include the range-topping AMG C63 trim with an electrified 2.0-liter turbo engine. If that’s indeed the case, we expect output to be similar to the new C63’s 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque.