2024 Mercedes Benz CLE Coupe

Started by Madman, February 06, 2024, 07:41:29 PM

Madman



Nice to see Mercedes Benz still offering a coupe in a world increasingly dominated by SUVs.

Mercedes has consolidated it's coupe offerings, replacing both the previous C Class and E Class coupes with the new CLE Class Coupe.  I think it looks gorgeous and it proves modern cars do not have to be ugly.  Are you listening, BMW?

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a45064298/2024-mercedes-benz-cle-coupe-drive/







Current cars: 2015 Ford Escape SE, 2011 MINI Cooper

Formerly owned cars: 2010 Mazda 5 Sport, 2008 Audi A4 2.0T S-Line Sedan, 2003 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T wagon, 1998 Ford Escort SE sedan, 2001 Cadillac Catera, 2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 5-Door, 1997 Honda Odyssey LX, 1991 Volvo 240 sedan, 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo sedan, 1987 Volvo 240 DL sedan, 1990 Peugeot 405 DL Sportswagon, 1985 Peugeot 505 Turbo sedan, 1985 Merkur XR4Ti, 1983 Renault R9 Alliance DL sedan, 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon, 1975 Volkswagen Transporter, 1980 Fiat X-1/9 Bertone, 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit C 3-Door hatch, 1976 Ford Pinto V6 coupe, 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe sedan

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veeman

I agree it looks great on the outside. Great empty nester cruiser.

Submariner2

Mercedes doesn't have a single pillar-less coupe in its lineup.  For shame.
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Madman



Blame side impact crash regulations.  Personally, I'd rather have a B-pillar there to absorb a side impact, despite the aesthetics.

Current cars: 2015 Ford Escape SE, 2011 MINI Cooper

Formerly owned cars: 2010 Mazda 5 Sport, 2008 Audi A4 2.0T S-Line Sedan, 2003 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T wagon, 1998 Ford Escort SE sedan, 2001 Cadillac Catera, 2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 5-Door, 1997 Honda Odyssey LX, 1991 Volvo 240 sedan, 1990 Volvo 740 Turbo sedan, 1987 Volvo 240 DL sedan, 1990 Peugeot 405 DL Sportswagon, 1985 Peugeot 505 Turbo sedan, 1985 Merkur XR4Ti, 1983 Renault R9 Alliance DL sedan, 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon, 1975 Volkswagen Transporter, 1980 Fiat X-1/9 Bertone, 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit C 3-Door hatch, 1976 Ford Pinto V6 coupe, 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe sedan

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." ~ Isaac Asimov

"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses." - Johannes Kepler

veeman

I find it hard to tell if there's no B pillar on a coupe if both the rear and front side windows are up which is mostly going to be the case when the car is parked anywhere outside your garage.

Both front and rear side windows down, I agree no B pillar on a coupe looks much better.


Submariner2

Quote from: Madman on February 09, 2024, 03:29:33 PMBlame side impact crash regulations.  Personally, I'd rather have a B-pillar there to absorb a side impact, despite the aesthetics.



Merc was one of the very few automakers consistently making them - Rolls Royce and Bentley were the others.

But I guess a lot of it comes down to sales - Up until recently Mercedes had the AMG GTC, C, E and S coupes.  I see quite a few E and C coupes driving around so sales must have been pretty good...
2010 G 550
2019 GLS550

Raza

It looks nice overall, but that back end is still a little wonky. Benz has a lot of droopy butt syndrome for the last 10-15 years, this isn't as droopy, but something is a bit off about it.
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Quote from: the Teuton on October 05, 2009, 03:53:18 PM
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veeman

My favorite Mercedes coupe is the SUV AMG GLE Coupe. It's so wasteful yet awesome looking to me.You cannot view this attachment.

Raza

Quote from: veeman on February 13, 2024, 08:48:57 AMMy favorite Mercedes coupe is the SUV AMG GLE Coupe. It's so wasteful yet awesome looking to me.You cannot view this attachment.

Really? I saw one on the road the other day and I thought "Oh hey, it's like the Mercedes version of a Nissan Juke".
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Quote from: the Teuton on October 05, 2009, 03:53:18 PM
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veeman

Quote from: Raza  on February 20, 2024, 07:14:42 AMReally? I saw one on the road the other day and I thought "Oh hey, it's like the Mercedes version of a Nissan Juke".


The Juke's front looked like a shrunken version of the Aztek. Not good. The top half of the front design and bottom half of the front design seemed to belong to two different cars.

The Mercedes SUV coupe doesn't have that. It looks like a thicker taller normal sized coupe. Extravagant and wasteful :)




Raza

Quote from: veeman on February 20, 2024, 09:19:38 AMThe Juke's front looked like a shrunken version of the Aztek. Not good. The top half of the front design and bottom half of the front design seemed to belong to two different cars.

The Mercedes SUV coupe doesn't have that. It looks like a thicker taller normal sized coupe. Extravagant and wasteful :)





I'd agree the front is the car's best feature, but everything else makes me hate it. I mean, the SUV coupe is by far the least attractive vehicle class in my personal opinion (I mean, I may never want to be in a  pickup truck or minivan, but at least they're mostly fit for purpose and that drives their looks), and this just seems to get everything wrong. It's the unhappy medium of everything it's trying to be; it looks too low and too high, it's both too short and too long, it's stubby and overly smooth, like a worn bar of soap. We may be in the first post-attractive car design era, but these SUV coupes are egregious offenders to visioned.
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