True to its commitments after the CLE Coupe, the German brand reveals the CLE Cabrio with the promise of offering new thrills to those who like the increasingly rare category of open cars.
For those who are not completely familiar with the developments in the Mercedes-Benz range, we must note that both the CLE Coupe and the Cabrio are a completely new proposition designed to fill the “gap” of the coupe/cabrio versions of C and E-Class with a different, more dynamic approach that focuses on exactly what potential buyers demand from coupes and cabrios.
As one can easily guess, the CLE Cabrio does not change the proportions we already know from the Coupe, maintaining the classic silhouette characterized by the long hood and muscular side with the characteristic, wisely placed folds that advocate the model's dynamism.
The noticeable difference in this case concerns the replacement of the fixed metal roof with a fabric one which opens and closes in 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 50 km/h and promises, thanks to the implementation that includes multiple layers of weaving, to offer maximum comfort and optimal thermal and sound insulation.
Apart from the obvious, the other change brought about by the new power folding roof is the reduction in boot volume which, with the roof open and stored in it, is reduced to 295 liters or 385 liters with the roof closed. However, it should be noted that the backs of the rear seats can still be folded in a 60/40 ratio, allowing the transport of larger items.
The interior mimics the Coupe specifications, including the familiar 12.3-inch instrument panel and 11.9-inch infotainment with a vertical orientation, but in this case it can change its inclination from 15 to 40 degrees as in the SL, reducing external light reflections for greater ease of use.
The new elements also include the Aircap and Airscarf systems with the first being the presence of an additional aerodynamic element on the windscreen and another one behind the seats which, when the roof is open, directs the air vortices away from the heads of the passengers and the second in the presence of vents in the headrests of the seats that create a warm stream of air at the height of the driver's and passenger's neck.
The engine lineup mimics that of the Coupe, including four- or six-cylinder engines and mild hybrid technology. The springboard is the 220 d diesel version with an output of 197 hp and 440 Nm of torque with rear-wheel drive, a maximum speed of 234 km/h and the ability to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The petrol options open up with the 200 version also featuring a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 204bhp and 320Nm of torque, a top speed of 236km/h and the same acceleration time.
Next up are the four-wheel drive 200 4MATIC and 300 4MATIC, also with two-liter four-cylinder engines and 204 and 258 horsepower, which offer a top speed of 232 and 250 km/h respectively, and acceleration times for the 0-100 sprint in 8.0 and 6.0 seconds. .
At the temporary top of the range is the 450 4MATIC version with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 381 hp and 500 Nm of torque, which accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Of course, the versions with the signature AMG and the badges 53 and 63 are pending which, based on what has been announced for the Coupe and also the wider developments at Affalterbach, will offer power from 449 to 680 hp if Mercedes naturally chooses to carry the plug- in hybrid technology in CLE.
According to the recommendations, the CLE Cabrio will be available on the German market from next April starting from 66,402 euros for the 204 hp petrol version with rear wheel drive.