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All-New CLE 53 Is a Base Mercedes-AMG With an Inline-Six Engine

2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 official reveal 64 photos
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In an AMG (passenger car) world completely overrun by meager four-pot mills, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 stands out in any crowd – there's an inline-six under the hood with 443 hp and up to 443 lb-ft of torque, with overboost. That's so rare nowadays!
If you are an ardent Mercedes-Benz fan, you already know that the German automaker is downsizing everywhere it can, including in the Mercedes-AMG department. If now, we have sad news for you – the four-pot is starting to reign supreme behind the three-pointed star logo.

Anyway, Merc enthusiasts everywhere have been complaining about the advent of the W206 fifth generation C-Class with nothing but 1.5 and 2.0-liter inline-four engines under the hood. Even the AMGs are relegated to the minor league – C 43 models have the M139 version with MHEV 48V and 402 hp, while the mighty C 63 S is now an E-Performance model with the M139L getting plug-in hybrid assistance for a combined 671 horsepower.

The W214 Mercedes-Benz E-Class executive sedan and station wagon are also new, and so far, the powertrains mix the inline-four with inline-six setups and mild hybrid or PHEV assistance. As such, when Mercedes announced the all-new CLE-Class grand tourer as the C236 coupe and A236 cabriolet that succeeded both the C-Class and E-Class coupes and cabrios, everyone feared the Mercedes-AMG models would be more of the same four-cylinder nonsense.

That was especially true when everyone was asking Mercedes to bring back the six-cylinder and V8 models, and the representatives claimed the meager four-pots in stuff like the C 63 are "very, very progressive." Anyway, enough said – now the 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 is officially here, and the model does get electric assistance, but the mild-hybrid setup with an exhaust gas turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor is mixed with an inline six-cylinder engine!

"The sporty two-door model combines the best of two worlds: agility and sportiness of the AMG C-Class with the interior space and elegance of the AMG E-Class." Luckily, the latter is also an influence on what's under the hood. Hence, the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder now packs 443 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque (443 lb-ft for 12 seconds with overboost), and the 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG) "provides support at lower engine speeds" with 23 hp and 151 lb-ft.

The good news is that AMG also uses its dedicated Speedshift TCT 9G transmission, and AMG Performance 4MATIC+'s all-wheel drive is "fully variable." Even better, AMG not only reworked the exterior styling to suit its performance preferences but also modified the track width by increasing it by 2.3 and 3.0 inches at the front and rear, respectively. You'll also notice the subtle 'widebody' attitude, for sure, along with the Panamericana grille.

The interior, of course, also has unique equipment specifications, AMG-specific displays, Nappa leather upholstery, and several optional goodies like the AMG Performance Seat Package. Last but not least, the handling prowess is enhanced with AMG's three-stage speed-sensitive steering and standard rear-axle steering, all so that customers can take better advantage of the standard performance goodies – zero to 60 mph is over in four seconds flat, and the limited top speed is 155 mph.

If you still want more, the optional AMG Performance Studio Package delivers "an even more powerful aesthetic" along with the choice of two AMG Night packages and two AMG Carbon Fiber packages, as well as the AMG Dynamic Plus Package, which includes "additional dynamic details and equipment for an even more emotional driving experience."

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