• Apr 7th 2008 at 9:30PM
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Mercedes jump-started a new trend of four-door coupes with the CLS. But after several years of having the niche market to itself, the German automaker is bracing for an onslaught of competition, from above and from below. While the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide attempt to take the four-door coupe formula even farther upmarket, Volkswagen has launched its assault by undercutting the CLS with the new CC (until now known as the Passat CC). If the reports are to be believed, it's the latter that Daimler sees as the bigger threat, and the automaker is preparing to launch its own counter-assault with what's being dubbed as the CLE.

Like the CLS is based on the E-Class, the CLE would be based on the C-Class. But instead of coming in under the C-Class like the recently facelifted but still ageing CLC, the CLE would likely slot in between the C and E. Most of the mechanics would probably also carry over from the C-Class sedan, and the prospect of a swoopier version of the C63 AMG makes us hope the project comes to fruition.

[Source: paultan.org]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see what this means for the CLK, the current C-Class based coupe which slots between the C and the E. I wonder if Mercedes can differentiate the CLE and the CLK coupe enough to make it worthwhile to produce both. Perhaps the CLK will become convertible only and the CLE could replace the coupe?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CL is not a 2-door CLS, it's the S-Class coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let me see...there is the...
      G,GL,GLK,M,ML(same crossover..its just like this for the highe up amg ones?????),C,CL(2 door coupe of CLS),CLC(hatchback of C),CLE,CLS,E,R,S,SL,SLR,SLK...HELP ME!!!

      seriously what is next...is the wagon of the C going to be called CLW and the wagon of the E going to be called ELW!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Did you get the job? If they hadn't made the new C-class so ugly, they wouldn't have to come up with this new thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha, yeah the mercedes lineup and nomenclature is quite extensive. last year when i was interviewed for a job at Car and Driver they tested my car knowledge by making me list every single mercedes name and model off the top of my head. i only missed one.. somehow forgot the R-Class. that's not a real Mercedes anyway! haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mercedes-Benz logic:
      1. $37,000 for a C350 sedan
      2. $47,000 for the CLK350 clone ($10,000 surcharge for door removal service)
      ...which will probably mean
      3. $57,000 for the CLE350 (another $10,000 to put doors back on)
      • 7 Years Ago
      whatever website posted this in seriousness is absolutely retarded, the render was made by "Theophilus Chin" on CarSpyShots.net, he made it for fun, this is not done by Mercedes and has no ties with Mercedes
      • 7 Years Ago
      How does slotting this between the C and the E position this against the VW CC? The VW will still undercut it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't fall for this story folks. There is absolutely nothing factual to it. It is entirely based on a photochop someone posted on CarSpyShots.com as their design idea. Nothing official to it at all. You can check out the original at the link.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whenever Mercedes is mentioned people have to find something to complain about. Sour grapes?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I usually like speculations, but this is a bit too much. It's more of a fantasy than a possibility. It would chop into the sales of the C and E, IF it were popular. The CLS is positioned above the E and has no in-brand competition.

      I agree that the model naming has become a bit too much lately, but I feel it's more because of the multitude of models rather than the naming. Same goes for BMW though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My favorite part about Mercedes as of late seem to have no rhyme or reason to their lettering.. I might be wrong and CLS stands for in German, Car made for upper-middle management businessmen with kids who wish they could have a CL.
      GL= Giant Lizard
      R= R wishes of having a Mercedes have come true in the most horrible of ways?
      • 7 Years Ago
      CLC, CLS, CLE, VW CC, C63 AMG...

      slow down with the freakin' alphanumerics, people!
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