The coupe and convertible cars are constantly losing their market share, and that’s not a surprise given the continuous rise of the SUVs. Even the premium brands are now reconsidering their strategies in the two-door segment, and it seems that Mercedes-Benz will be among the companies that will reduce the number of coupes and convertibles in their lineups. We consider positive the fact the Germans won’t discontinue them altogether, though.
Confirming a report from this summer, a new batch of spy photos depicts an upcoming new two-door that is set to replace the C-Class Cabriolet and Coupe and the E-Class Cabriolet and Coupe. That model is believed to be called the CLE, and our photographers managed to capture its convertible derivative testing around the Nurburgring.
According to the early rumors, the CLE will be positioned between the C and E in terms of dimensions. In the brand’s model lineup, the new entry will take the spot between the CLA and CLS, though it will be available only as a coupe and a convertible. For now, no other body styles are considered. Both two-door models will ride on Mercedes’ MRA-2 platform, shared with the latest generation C-Class and S-Class.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.