Sales of sedans may decline but the situation is worse for convertibles. As a result, most automakers have reduced the number of convertibles they offer or eliminated body style altogether.
Mercedes-Benz has been one of the most diverse lineups of convertibles in recent years, but it is also in the process of streamlining its open-top offerings. We’ve already seen SLK-Class, S-Class Cabriolet and AMG GT Roadster all dropped, a new AMG SL has been launched to fill the void.
Later we hope that convertible versions of C-Class and E-Class will be phased out and replaced with a single model called CLE-Class Cabriolet. We’ve already seen a prototype for a regular CLE-class cabriolet, and now we have a prototype for the possibility of a CLE 53 grade from AMG.
As the 2023 or 2024 model we see both variants coming to market next year.
2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
The components that characterize this particular prototype as an AMG include large wheel and brake combos, large air openings at the front, and dual-tip exhaust at the rear. When a CLE 63 grade is introduced, we want to see the quad-exhaust tips on the back.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The setup features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 381 hp on its own and a light-hybrid system capable of delivering a temporary 14-hp boost. The engine also has an electric turbocharger similar to the one used in Formula One. An electric motor is used to rotate the turbo compressor at low revs, helping to eliminate lag and giving a large naturally aspirated engine-like performance band.
In terms of roofing, Mercedes seems to be going with the same soft-top design as the new SL. However, the roof is heavily camouflaged in the prototype so we can’t see the actual shape.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.