Mercedes recently renewed its C-Class which we have already had the opportunity to test. Apparently, the German manufacturer intends to expand the family of the new C-Class too with the arrival of a coupe and a convertible model. Models that, according to some rumors, could be renamed as CLE to reflect a higher positioning within the brand’s range. Name aside, the convertible model was recently intercepted on the road during a test session in Northern Europe.
In this period, the car manufacturers are carrying out the winter tests which are very important to put the mechanics of their cars to a whim. Sales of convertibles are down but this model would certainly not have the aim of achieving high sales numbers, but rather of rationalizing the Mercedes range. The CLE name speculated on, would have been chosen to ensure that the new convertible could replace both the C-Class and E-Class convertibles.
Spy photos show an obviously camouflaged model. The basis is that of the new C-Class. However, the shapes seem slightly more muscular and above all you can see headlights with a slightly more subtle design than that of the sedan headlights. The roof appears to be made of canvas, just like the new AMG SL, although it appears heavily camouflaged.
The images do not show the interior but we will probably find the same environment of the new C-Class in which the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system. There is no information on the thrusters. However, it is very likely that Mercedes will adopt those of the current C-Class. Will there also be an AMG version? Possible but now it is still too early to understand how this project will evolve.
Given the heavy camouflage of the convertible, one can think that the debut is not imminent. The C-Class convertible or the CLE convertible, depending on the name that will be chosen, could arrive towards the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. As mentioned at the beginning, there will also be a coupe version. All that remains is to wait for more information.
[Foto spia: MotorAuthority]