The CLE Cabriolet will follow next year for open-air connoisseurs.
Mercedes-Benz will also offer the CLE Coupé as a plug-in hybrid at a later date.
The range of engines includes four-cylinder units and a six-cylinder engine from the current modular Mercedes-Benz engine family FAME (Family of Modular Engines).
The sporty, elegant two-door's most powerful engine is the 3.0-litre straight-six (M 256 M) in the CLE 450 4MATIC, which develops 381hp and 500Nm of torque.
The combination of twin-scroll turbocharger and ISG (integrated starter generator) ensures excellent power delivery without turbo lag.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (M 254) is available in two output levels: with 204ps as the CLE 200 and CLE 200 4MATIC, and with 258ps as the CLE 300 4MATIC.
Meanwhile, the CLE 220 d Coupé has a four-cylinder OM 654 M diesel engine, powered by a single-stage exhaust gas turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.
Both the diesel and petrol engines are mild hybrids. In addition to a turbocharger, they have a second-generation integrated starter generator (ISG). It provides support in the low-speed range and ensures excellent power development.
The ISG includes the 48-volt vehicle electrical system. It ensures functions such as coasting, boost or recuperation and thus enables significant savings in consumption.
Another advantage: the engines start very quickly and conveniently. As a result, the start-stop function is almost imperceptible, as is the transition from coasting with the engine switched off to powerful propulsion with engine power.
With a new battery, the power of the electric motor increased from 15 to 17 kW compared to other series. The boost torque is 200 Nm.
Meanwhile, the nine-speed automatic 9G-TRONIC transmission was further developed for the adaptation of the ISG and is used in all CLE models.
The weight of the transmission control has been reduced by 30% compared to its predecessor.
The 4MATIC all-wheel drive has also been further developed. With the front-axle drive, higher torques can be transmitted and axle load distributions that are ideal in terms of driving dynamics can be achieved.
In addition, there is a significant weight advantage compared to the corresponding component of the previous series. Less weight contributes to CO2 reduction.
The new two-door is the largest coupé in the mid-size segment. The CLE Coupé offers significantly more space than the C-Class Coupé. The trunk volume offers 60 litres more volume and can easily hold three golf bags.
Eye-catchers in the interior are the free-standing 12.3-inch, fully digital instrument display, the 11.9-inch, driver-oriented central display in user-friendly portrait format and the dynamic ambient lighting featuring 64 colours.
Another highlight is the front seats in integral sport design, developed exclusively for the CLE.
In conjunction with the optional Burmester 3D surround sound system, they each have two loudspeakers at the level of the headrests and thus create a particularly individual and immersive music experience with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio close to the ears.
Specific Easy-Entry function: For the first time at Mercedes-Benz, the front seats are not unlocked using a lever, but instead with an elegant loop made of Nappa leather, located at the upper edge of the backrest.
The CLE Coupé adopts numerous digital innovations from the new E-Class. With the third-generation MBUX infotainment system, it offers an interactive entertainment experience with third-party apps and automated convenience functions (routines).
The chassis is lowered by 15mm as standard. The optional Dynamic Body Control, with continuously adjustable damping on the front and rear axles in combination with rear-axle steering, both offered in the Technology package, ensures particularly agile and at the same time comfortable driving pleasure.
The steering angle is up to 2.5 degrees. This reduces the turning circle by 50cm. Despite its larger dimensions, the CLE Coupé with rear-wheel drive has a smaller turning circle than the C-Class Coupé.
Numerous driver assistance systems, offer situation-specific support for more safety.
The extensive standard equipment includes Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and the parking package with reversing camera. In Western Europe, Active Distance Assist Distronic is also standard equipment.