2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE53 Has Broad Fenders, 443-HP Delicate-Hybrid Inline-6

Mercedes-Benz has been thinning its U.S. herd over the previous couple years, discontinuing slow-selling automobiles just like the A-Class sedan and consolidating different fashions that cannibalize one another. Some of the latest examples is the brand new CLE coupe, which was unveiled earlier this yr. The CLE slots in between the previous C-Class and E-Class coupes by way of dimension, appearing as a substitute for each, and now Mercedes-AMG has labored its magic on the CLE to create the CLE53.

The CLE53 is powered by an up to date model of Mercedes’ 3.0-liter inline-6 engine we all know and love, which in AMG type has a turbocharger, an electrical auxiliary compressor (primarily an electrical supercharger), and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with an built-in starter generator.

Upgrades to the engine embrace new piston rings, tweaked injection, and reworked combustion chambers with redesigned inlet and outlet channels. The electrical supercharger is new and gives near-continuous operation over longer durations of time and extra torque at a wider vary of speeds, and the turbocharger is a brand new, bigger F1-style exhaust gasoline unit – working collectively, these present 22 psi of enhance, 5.8 psi greater than earlier than.

Rear 3/4 view of a matte black Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe driving on a road

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Whole output is 443 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque – although as much as 443 lb-ft of torque is out there for as much as 12 seconds when overboost is engaged – and the 48-volt system offers its personal enhance of 23 HP and 151 lb-ft at low speeds. That’s 14 HP and 59 lb-ft greater than the previous E53 coupe and 41 HP and 74 lb-ft greater than what you get from the brand new four-cylinder C43 sedan, and it’s additionally 68 HP and 74 lb-ft better than the six-cylinder CLE450 coupe. Mercedes says the CLE53 will hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, round half a second faster than all three of these automobiles. (The previous C43 coupe used an excellent less-powerful twin-turbo V6.)

A 9-speed automated transmission is the one possibility, and the CLE53 comes customary with an all-wheel-drive system that gives totally variable torque distribution. The CLE53 additionally will get larger brakes with four-piston entrance calipers, metal suspension with adaptive dampers, three-stage speed-sensitive steering, and customary rear-wheel steering that turns at as much as 2.5 levels.

AMG’s Dynamic Choose options 5 completely different drive modes and three completely different stability management settings, and issues just like the engine, steering, suspension and transmission will be configured individually. An AMG Dynamic Plus bundle provides energetic engine mounts, a Race drive mode and a Drift mode that fully disengages the entrance axle to make the CLE53 function in rear-wheel drive.

The engine bay of a Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe

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In contrast to the mid-tier AMG variations of the previous C-Class and E-Class, the CLE53’s exterior styling is rather more differentiated from an everyday CLE coupe. Its dramatically flared fenders enable for a monitor that’s 2.3 inches wider on the entrance and three inches wider on the rear, and there are useful vertical vents aft of the entrance wheels. This provides the CLE53 a imply stance, particularly with the non-obligatory 20-inch wheels, and the images present the automotive carrying Michelin’s new Pilot Sport S 5 tires.

Up entrance you’ll discover AMG’s Panamericana grille and a trio of enormous air intakes within the bumper. The hood has a useful vent like that of the C63, and the non-obligatory digital headlights have blue accents. The rear bumper has bigger nook vents, a stunning ducktail spoiler, and a extra pronounced diffuser with quad spherical exhaust ideas.

Step inside and issues are a bit much less thrilling. The CLE53 will get sporty bucket seats with fastened headrests, a flat-bottom steering wheel with drive-mode buttons, a “Supersport” show scheme, and plenty of crimson accents. In any other case it’s just about the identical as the usual CLE’s cabin (which itself is sort of an identical to the C-Class), with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 11.9-inch central touchscreen, squircle air vents, dynamic ambient lighting, and a mixture of aluminum, carbon-fiber and gloss black trim.

Interior view of a Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe

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The CLE53 coupe will go on sale within the U.S. in 2024, doubtless in the course of the yr, and will probably be joined by the CLE53 cabriolet later within the yr. Pricing for the usual CLE hasn’t been introduced but, however count on the CLE53 to begin at round $80,000.

Coming after the CLE53’s launch would be the range-topping CLE63, however we don’t but know what is going to energy it. The brand new C63 has a plug-in-hybrid powertrain that makes use of a four-cylinder engine for a complete of 671 HP, however given the CLE’s use of six-cylinders, a four-pot doesn’t appear doubtless. Mercedes just lately unveiled a brand new plug-in variant of the GLE53, which pairs this similar inline-6 with an electrical motor and a 31.2-kWh batter for a complete of 536 HP. I wager the eventual CLE63 will use a model of that setup with greater than 700 horsepower, which shall be shared with the next-gen E63.

Front view of a matte black Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe driving

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Side view of a matte black Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe

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Rear view of a matte black Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe

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The wheel and front fender of a matte black Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe

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Dashboard shot of a Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe's interior

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Photo of a Mercedes-AMG CLE53 coupe's front seats

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