- The new W214-generation E-class will spawn a wagon variant for 2024, according to an EPA document submitted by Mercedes.
- It looks like the U.S. will only receive the All-Terrain variant of the body style. Our illustrations show what a standard wagon could look like.
- The new CLE-class coupe and convertible are also listed as 2024 models.
A document submitted by Mercedes to the EPA is giving us a fuller view of the three-pointed star’s plans for its 2024 model line in the United States. Arguably the most noteworthy bits relate to the mid-size E-class, the latest generation of which was recently revealed in sedan form. But what about the E’s other body styles? Well, it looks like Mercedes plans to have those ready in time for the 2024 model year, as well.
Of note, the next-generation E-class wagon appears set to return to our shores. Our illustrations show what the wagon could look like in standard form based on what we’ve seen of the sedan so far. For better or worse, though, it seems the W214 sedan’s longroof kin will come to the U.S. strictly in E450 All-Terrain guise. Given the current Benz-badged E-class wagon is offered solely with the off-road-inspired All-Terrain kit, it’s not much of a surprise that Mercedes plans to keep only this lifted version for U.S. buyers. There’s also no word yet on the AMG E63 version, which was previously offered in the U.S. in wagon form. But we likely won’t hear about any AMG E-class models until the 2025 model year at the earliest.
On the other end of the E-class spectrum, it looks as though the coupe and convertible models bite the dust for 2024. Don’t shed any tears yet, though, as the very same EPA document indicates the two body styles are set to don the CLE-class moniker come next year. The document also indicates Mercedes has no intention of renaming the current two-door E-class models, and instead, the brand will affix the name to an all-new generation of mid-size coupe and convertible, as evidenced by the model codes listed in the document: C236 and A236.
If the information in this document holds, then it appears the CLE-class will come with three different powertrain options. Benz-badged CLEs will bear the moniker CLE300 (likely indicating the use of the C300‘s 255-hp four-cylinder powertrain) and CLE450 (surely an indication it’ll share the 375-hp six-cylinder setup of the E450). An AMG-fettled CLE53 is also listed and presumably carries over the 429-hp straight-six powertrain of today’s E53, albeit likely with a few more horses.
We reached out to Mercedes about the new E-class’s upcoming variants and body styles but were told by a company spokesperson that they were unable to share information about future products. Whether the information Mercedes sent to the EPA holds true remains to be seen. There’s always the chance an unforeseen situation (such as another chip shortage or the like) throws a wrench in Mercedes’s plans. That said, we wager the automaker wouldn’t have submitted such extensive details related to its 2024 model line unless things were reasonably locked in.
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