Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe Bows at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
- The Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe, which previews the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, debuted on Tuesday at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- A production version of the concept is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
- The production model is expected to have all of the goodies featured on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship sedan, including semi-autonomous driving technologies, such as the Driver Assistance package.
A production version of the concept is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe replaces the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class as the brand's flagship aspirational model.
Mercedes-Benz described the concept as "an outlook on the new top-of-the-line model." The concept coupe is lower and wider than the production S-Class sedan and rides on a shorter wheelbase of 116 inches.
The production coupe is expected to have all of the goodies featured on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship sedan, including semi-autonomous driving technologies, such as the Driver Assistance package.
No pricing or launch timing for the coupe was provided at this point. On Monday, Mercedes-Benz announced that it is cutting the base price of the 2014 S-Class sedan.
The concept is fitted with the same twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter direct-injection gasoline V8 engine rated at 449 horsepower as the 2014 S-Class sedan.
Mercedes-Benz says the theme of the concept is "sensual clarity," with a focus on expressing high technology while "exuding emotional appeal."
Details on the coupe include a long hood with power domes, a high beltline, full LED headlights and 21-inch wheels.
The cabin gets a white instrument panel said to be inspired by "a whale's fins just before it re-enters the water." A touchscreen showing four world clocks is located in the center console. The driver can choose which clocks to display. It's not clear if this so-called "world clock concept" will make it into the production model.
The central command unit on the center console gets a "black diamond" surface. The door panels of the concept are made from aluminum, while the carpets are made from silk.
"The new S-Class was received enthusiastically in the market and perfectly lives up to its role as a representative of the power of innovation of Mercedes-Benz," said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, member of the management board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, sales and marketing, in a statement. "On the S-Class coupe as the traditional top of our product range, the designers take advantage of their additional freedom and thus create an automotive masterpiece."
Edmunds says: This is no fantasy concept, but a realistic look at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe.