The coupe was originally offered in non-AMG form upon launch, with hot AMG models arriving later. It’s the same story with the cabriolet, although there’s still quite a bit of choice between trim levels and engines. Kicking off is the 200 with a 2.0-litre petrol mild-hybrid with 201bhp and 320Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. The diesel 220d starts from £55,060 and has a 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid with 194bhp and 320Nm of torque for an identical 0-62mph time to the cheapest petrol model.

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The CLE 300 starts at £59,745 and brings 4MATIC four-wheel drive instead of the standard rear-wheel drive. It has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with mild-hybrid assistance, but power is bumped up to 255bhp and 400Nm of torque, dropping the 0-62mph time to 6.6 seconds. Above this is the £70,265 CLE 450 4MATIC with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol with 375bhp and 500Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds.

The CLE Cabriolet’s trim level structure mirrors the coupe’s. AMG Line line models get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a reversing camera, wireless smartphone charging, keyless start, heated front seats and adaptive headlights. There’s also an AMG bodykit with 18-inch alloy wheels.

The AMG Line Premium trim level is offered with every powertrain (standard on 450 models) and gets sport suspension, 19-inch wheels, a ‘sporty’ engine sound, larger front brakes, ‘digital headlights’ and Mercedes’ MBUX augmented reality.

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