Mercedes-Benz has so many models, but one that every modern enthusiast will know is the CLS, the four-door coupe that spawned a host of imitators since its debut for the 2005 model year. Currently in its third generation, the E-Class-based CLS has sold poorly in recent years, which may be why Mercedes has announced that the model will retire at the end of this year.
According to Autoblog, a company spokesperson said, “In consideration of the global growth potential, and as part of our strategic product portfolio planning, we have decided to end the lifecycle of the CLS on August 31, 2023, with the changeover of the E-Class to the 214 model series,” referring to the redesigned 2024 E-Class that was unveiled last month. Initially, only two sedans with mild-hybrid systems will be available for the American market.
A wagon (yay!) will eventually join the sedans, but the coupe and convertible will not. Instead, they will be part of a new CLE-Class (yes, another series to add to your confusion). These CLE two-doors will be playing dual roles for both the C-Class and E-Class.
However, fans of the current CLS will be able to consider the similar but sportier Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which will remain in the current Mercedes roster. As if it couldn’t get more confusing, this GT is positioned as the five-door version of the AMG GT sports car even though it’s based on the E-Class. Makes remembering Tempest/Tempest Custom/LeMans/GTO and Catalina/Star Chief/Bonneville seem so much easier, no?