Mercedes-Benz CLE Convertible Spied On American Roads

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The recent spy video shows the ragtop model up close, inside and out.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLE Convertible has been caught testing several times over the past year. It was recently captured once again roaming in the US, courtesy of a spy video from Kindel Auto showing an up-close view of the upcoming model, inside and out. The vehicle's exterior is still wrapped in heavy camouflage, even wearing pre-production lights.

Interestingly, this contradicts the AMG CLE 63 Convertible spotted in March, already wearing its production lights and skin.

Kindel Auto/YouTube
Kindel Auto/YouTube
Kindel Auto/YouTube

Meanwhile, a brief look at the cabin shows a familiar layout. Just like what we've seen in the interior spy shots from last year, the CLE prototype here comes with a large infotainment touchscreen placed at an angled orientation. Above it, there's a hint of what looks like three circular aircon vents that are integrated with a silver or chrome trim. As your eyes move further toward the driver's side, you'll see that the Mercedes-Benz CLE has a fully digital instrument gauge cluster. Even the steering wheel design looks similar to the shots we published last year.

The layout we've just seen and described reflects the current interior layout of the C-Class (see below) but with a few differences, such as the steering wheel design.

2022-2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Cockpit Mercedes-Benz
2022-2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Air Vents Mercedes-Benz
2022-2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan Main Screen Mercedes-Benz

There are a lot of details to know more about the new Mercedes-Benz CLE. A choice of ICE powertrains will still be available, as well as electrified models that have already been spotted in public before. A launch date is reportedly happening this year, though the automaker has yet to set a specific timeline.

In case you forgot, Mercedes-Benz's head of research and development, Marcus Schafer, has confirmed that the CLE will be replacing the coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class and E-Class, effectively consolidating the two in a new, single swoopy model. Schafer explained that the car brand's convertible range is "high density" - a factor that isn't ideal in a segment that doesn't post high sales figures.

Kindel Auto/YouTube
Kindel Auto/YouTube
Kindel Auto/YouTube

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