> New Mercedes CLE Convertible spotted testing
> Two-door C and E-Class to make way for this new model
> Will come in coupe, four-door coupe and convertible forms
> Likely to be revealed late 2022, on sale 2023
Two-door coupe and convertible sales are dwindling as people turn to SUVs, so Mercedes has been considering its next move.
Rather than have coupe and convertible versions of both its C-Class and E-Class, it's going to launch this CLE instead. Much like BMW has a 4 Series.
Here we can see early test mules hacking it around The Ring. There's plenty of camouflage and this mule doesn't even have the headlights the final car will likely get.
However, we can see that it's a convertible model from its strange roof disguise. The CLE will get its own distinct look versus the standard C-Class but will be based on the C-Class's underpinnings.
As well as this convertible, there will also be coupe and four-door coupe versions of the CLE too.
There are no confirmed engines for Mercedes' CLE models just yet, but it's likely to be fitted with most of what the C-Class saloon and estate currently get.
That includes a 1.5-litre petrol with 204hp, a 2.0-litre petrol with 258hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 200hp or 265hp. Then there are plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models. Surely AMG will produce performance versions of the CLE in its many forms too.
A nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range.
Mercedes is yet to confirm when the CLE will go on sale, but we expect it to be revealed in most if not all its forms at the end of 2022 and go on sale in 2023.
It's too early to know what the CLE will officially cost, but we expect the coupe to be the cheapest CLW, followed by the four-door coupe and then convertible. Expect a £4-5k hike on the C-Class saloon's starting price for the coupe.