2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE Prototype Shots

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE

The German automaker is working on the third generation Mercedes-Benz CLS which will be a bit different both in design and name. Instead of “Benz” new vehicles will be branded with “AMG” nameplate. However, a four-door coupe based on the E-Class will surely be manufactured just under a different name.

Our cameras managed to capture a vehicle with a heavy camouflage and judging by the latest Mercedes-Benz nomenclature that appears to be the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE. Every three-pointed star model is connected to the corporate platform it corresponds to with a suffix.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE

When it comes to sports cars, it is SL, and for SUVs and crossovers, we have GL letters. However, when it comes to the core models (A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and S-Class), it is a different story.

Just like the latest E-Class, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE will have the same Modular Rear-wheel-drive Architecture (MRA) platform. Given the fact that its official debut is at least a year away, we have every right to assume that the power will come from all-new modular engine family.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE

The new units have less in common with E-Class and more with 2018 S-Class facelift lineup. Instead of V6, the new vehicle will have an inline-six engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The Multibeam LED headlamps from the current CLS will most likely be used on the new CLE giving it much thinner headlights and meaner appearance.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE

Even under that camouflage, some design changes can be spotted. The hood might be just a tad longer, and the gigantic rear overhang is the same one from the CLS. Mercedes-Benz never manufactured a car with taillights that join in the middle, but this might change with this model. Something similar could be seen on few Porsche 911 vehicles. The pre-production prototypes should start showing up during the next year.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLE Gallery

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