Spy photographers have snapped the Mercedes CLE Convertible on numerous occasions and now we’re getting our first glimpse at an upcoming AMG variant.
While the prototype doesn’t look too remarkable at first glance, there are a couple of telltale clues this is a performance variant. The most obvious are the bulging fenders, which are significantly wider than those found on previous prototypes.
A closer inspection also reveals a larger intake and what appears to be a reduced ride height. The model also sports a temporary dual exhaust system, unlike previous prototypes where the tips weren’t visible.
Spy photographers believe this is the range-topping 63 variant and that makes sense given its aggressive looks. However, the prototype doesn’t appear to have a charging port and this is notable as the CLE was expected to share powertrains with the redesigned C-Class.
While it’s possible the port is just hidden from view, there’s also the possibility that this is the milder 43 or 53 variant. If that’s the case, the convertible presumably has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Of course, if this is indeed the CLE 63, it could have the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the upcoming C63. Mercedes has already confirmed that model will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 6.1 kWh battery pack, and a rear-mounted electric motor that produces up to 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS). This setup will allow for outputs in excess of 644 hp (480 kW / 653 PS).
It’s also possible the prototype is using something else altogether as details about the CLE are still a bit hazy. That being said, the C- and E-Class Coupes and Convertibles are expected to be merged into one model, known as the CLE.