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Pricing announced for new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé

Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing for coupé versions of its new CLE, which is now on sale in the UK with four trims to choose from

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Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing for hard-top coupé versions of its new CLE, which is now on sale in the UK. Cabriolet versions are set to arrive in the new year.

The ‘CLE’ nameplate is new. Previously, Mercedes-Benz offered its C-Class and E-Class models in saloon, estate, coupé and cabriolet body styles. The introduction of the CLE range slims down this wide range of models, as Mercedes-Benz ramps up its investment in its all-electric EQ range of cars.

The spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz CLK models that were removed from production back in 2010, the CLE replaces the coupé and cabriolet models in the C-Class and E-Class model lines, which are being retired.

The new range is based on the same foundations as the C-Class, and will no doubt be one of the German brand’s last combustion-powered models to debut in the UK. The 2+2 seater CLE is close to 4.9 metres in length, making it longer than the large E-Class coupé and its closest rival, the BMW 4 Series Coupé.

Four trims are on offer, starting with the entry-level ‘AMG Line’ trim. Mercedes’ trim names are a bit confusing – this trim and the grades above aren’t high-power ‘AMG’ versions, this is simply what the brand decided to name these trim grades. Mercedes’ MBUX software setup comes as standard, pairing a 12-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12-inch infotainment display on the dashboard.

The lead-in model also comes with ambient lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as several safety tech features such as blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and a reversing camera for parking scenarios.

The ‘AMG Line Premium’ upgrades the car’s LED headlights with the brand’s ‘adaptive high-beam assistance’ tech, and gives the CLE a surround-view parking camera and a panoramic roof. Now reaching towards the top of the range, the ‘AMG Line Premium Plus’ introduces head-up display software which projects driving information onto the lower windscreen, and comes with a higher-quality Burmester speaker system that uses Dolby Atmos.

Key trim level features

Entry-level ‘AMG Line’ (from £46,605)

  • 12-inch infotainment display
  • 12-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Voice assistant
  • Wireless smartphone compatibility
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  • Nappa leather steering wheel
  • Ambient lighting
  • Blind spot assistance
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Reversing parking camera

‘AMG Line Premium’ (from £50,355)

  • All ‘AMG Line’ features that are not replaced
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Keyless start and entry
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • Panoramic sliding roof

‘AMG Line Premium Plus’ (from £54,355)

  • All lower trim features that are not replaced
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Head-up display
  • 17-speaker Burmester sound system

Top-spec ‘Premier Edition’ (from £56,855)

  • All lower trim features that are not replaced
  • 20-inch alloy wheels in black
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Nappa leather upholstery

Finally, the range-topping ‘Premier Edition’ will include all of the prior features, but with a more plush interior, including a heated steering wheel and Nappa leather upholstery.

Buyers who opt for either of the top two trims will be offered the optional ‘driving assistance package plus’ bundle. This includes more intelligent speed limiter tech, evasive steering assistance, and active lane change assistance.

Four different powertrain options are available, including both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, and all come with 48V of mild-hybrid assistance and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The range begins with the petrol-powered CLE 200 which makes use of a 198hp 2.0-litre engine. This is followed by the CLE 200d – a 191hp 2.0-litre diesel powertrain. These two are the only other rear-wheel drive choices.

The more expensive two are four-wheel drive. The CLE 300 4MATIC uses the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the 200, but the 300’s output is boosted to 252hp. Finally, the range-topping engine belongs to the CLE 450 4MATIC – a 381hp 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, around three seconds faster than the standard model.

Now available, prices for the CLE range start at under £47k, rising to £73k for the CLE 450 4MATIC in ‘Premier Edition’ guise.

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Sean Rees
Sean Rees
Sean is the Deputy Editor at The Car Expert. A enthusiastic fan of motorsport and all things automotive, he is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association, and is now focused on helping those in car-buying need with independent and impartial advice.