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2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE Coupe arrives to blur the lines between C- and E-Class performance two-doors, and to take on BMW 4 Series

The CLE53 4Matic+ Coupe has the classically aggressive Mercedes-AMG look

Powered by a twin-charged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine producing 330kW and up to 600Nm, the Mercedes-AMG CLE53 4Matic+ Coupe is a new model from the three-pointed star’s hot rod specialists in Affalterbach designed to “combine the agility and sportiness of the C-Class with the space and status of the E-Class”.

Based on the new Mercedes-Benz CLE, launched globally in July this year, the AMG model’s mild-hybrid petrol powerplant features a single exhaust-driven turbo supported by a second, electrically driven compressor and an integrated starter-generator able to provide an additional short-term boost of 17kW/205Nm.

Drive goes to all four wheels via a nine-speed dual-clutch auto transmission and the “fully variable” AMG Performance 4Matic+ AWD system, with claimed 0-100km/h acceleration weighing in at a properly rapid 4.3 seconds.

Defined by Mercedes-AMG’s signature design elements like the forward-sloping ‘shark nose’, twin power domes in the bonnet and vertically slatted ‘Panamericana’ grille the AMG CLE is 58mm wider at the front and 75mm chunkier at the rear compared to the Mercedes-Benz model.

Inside, the CLE53 4Matic+ Coupe picks up the latest generation version of the brand’s ‘MBUX’ multimedia system managed through an 11.9-inch central screen, joined by a 12.3-inch instrument display.

Inside, the CLE53 4Matic+ Coupe picks up the latest generation version of the brand’s ‘MBUX’ multimedia system managed through an 11.9-inch central screen, joined by a 12.3-inch instrument display.

Powered by a twin-charged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine producing 330kW and up to 600Nm.

The sports seats are trimmed in a combination of synthetic leather and microfibre (with a choice of genuine leathers available) and the ‘AMG Dynamic Select’ system offers the choice of five drive programs - ‘Slippery’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sport+’ and ‘Individual’. At the same time the ‘AMG Dynamics’ control system adjusts the traction control and AWD functions through ‘Basic’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Pro’ modes.

Drive goes to all four wheels via a nine-speed dual-clutch auto transmission and the “fully variable” AMG Performance 4Matic+ AWD system, with claimed 0-100km/h acceleration weighing in at a properly rapid 4.3 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the new model will be coming to local showrooms, although exact launch timing, pricing and final specification are yet to be determined.

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