Spy photos of the new Mercedes-Benz convertible, as well as an updated trademark for the CLUE class name, suggest the automaker is streamlining its coupe and convertible lineup.
2023 MERCEDES-BENZ CLE MAY REPLACE E- AND C-CLASS CABRIOS
Mercedes is set to introduce a new coupe and convertible called the CLE-class. The CLE will serve as a replacement for both the C-class coupe and convertible and the E-class as Mercedes cuts the number of models in its lineup.
In these spy photos, we we can see that the CLE-class convertible is slightly more stylish than the four-door C-class, with wider proportions and a leaner rear end. It has a soft fabric surface rather than the heavy and complicated retractable hard surface. Its closest competitors will be the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 Convertibles, both of which also have soft surfaces.
We expect production C-Class Coupe and Convertible models to be phased out in 2022, while two-door E-Class models may hold out a little longer until the CLE-Class is introduced, which will debut in 2022 as a 2023 model.