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Rendered Speculation: Mercedes-Benz CLE four-door coupe (Autoblog)

Posted Apr 7th 2008 9:30PM by Noah Joseph
Filed under: Spy Photos, Trends, Coupes, Sedans/Saloons, Mercedes Benz
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]

isnt that the mirror and rims off of the also new VW CC 4door coupe?
 

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Interesting idea, but would it pay off? I know MB is considering a 4 cylinder engine for the C-class in the USA, so anything is possible.
 

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I just think with 4 sedans before they even reach the top of the line S class that makes 5 sedans that are very equal in size and power, too much overlap

CLC
C Class
CLK
CLE (projected)
E Class
CLS
S Class
 

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I just think with 4 sedans before they even reach the top of the line S class that makes 5 sedans that are very equal in size and power, too much overlap

CLC
C Class
CLK
CLE (projected)
E Class
CLS
S Class
Agreed.......not to mention the front end on that 'CLE' looks a tad bit too stubby (like the Civic's)
 

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I guess I haven't been paying attention because I seem to have missed something. Since when has a vehicle with 4 doors been considered a Coupe? Please excuse my ignorance if I read something incorrectly!
 

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I guess I haven't been paying attention because I seem to have missed something. Since when has a vehicle with 4 doors been considered a Coupe? Please excuse my ignorance if I read something incorrectly!
"4-door coupe" = Vehicle with sleek profile, intended to resemble a 2+2, but having 4 actual doors
 

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I just think with 4 sedans before they even reach the top of the line S class that makes 5 sedans that are very equal in size and power, too much overlap

CLC
C Class
CLK
CLE (projected)
E Class
CLS
S Class
Just doing what BMW does, trying to fill every single niche market with a vehicle
 
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