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S-Class Coupé concept previews CL replacement

Mercedes-Benz's new top-of-the line coupe will be labeled as an S-Class model

Published: September 11, 2013, 12:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:52 PM

Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé

Currently, the top rung in Mercedes-Benz's coupe hierarchy is occupied by the CL model. Its replacement, previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show by the Concept S-Class Coupé, will be labeled as an S-Class model, rather than a CL.

The concept car provides a clear vision of the next model generation, the company says, with an emphasis on elegance and simplicity – and more emotion than the just-released S-Class sedan.

"The Concept S-Class Coupé is the most beautiful way so far to drive an S-Class," said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

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In appearance, the Concept S-Class Coupé is characterized by typical rear-wheel drive proportions, emphasized by signature Mercedes-Benz cues such as the dropping line in side-view and the unmistakable three-pointed-dtar grille. A sloping rear roofline and low greenhouse serve to visually magnify the cars considerable 5.05-metre length.

The sculpted exterior theme is continued inside in the seats and

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the instrument panel, which transitions seamlessly into the doors in a wrap-around design.

A pair of high-tech 12.3-inch screens like those in the new S-Class sedan, with a bluish-green colour scheme, are even slimmer and seem to float in space, contrasting with the organic landscape of the instrument panel. A touch screen showing four world clocks is located on the centre console.

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Under the hood, the Concept S-Class Coupé is powered by a Biturbo V-8 engine that produces 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque from a displacement of 4,663 cc.

The concept's "Intelligent Drive" technology, which uses two stereoscopic "camera eyes" that can create a three-dimensional view of the area for about 50 metres ahead of the vehicle, can detect both the position and movement of objects.

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It monitors the surroundings ahead of the vehicle over a range of up to 500 metres, combining that information with data from the radar and ultrasonic sensors to monitor traffic all around the vehicle.

The car's suspension system makes use of the stereo camera as well, to detect surface undulations in the road and adjusting the suspension in advance to suit the situation.

The series-production model is scheduled for market launch next year," said Zetsche. "We cannot give away all the details quite yet. But the wow factor is surely among them."