Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe Bows at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept Picture

    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept Picture

    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept. | September 09, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • 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.

FRANKFURT, Germany — 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 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.

Comments

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    It's only my opinion, and I know that they may not be at this level, but the luxury brands seem to be pushing the boundaries with their designs in reaction the success that Cadillac has had with their design language in the past decade. The CTS coupe mainly. Lexus' IS coupe too. Love it or hate it, the CTS coupe pushed the boundaries at the time when most everything was predictable and nice, but not edgy in the least.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    @frank908, you really think Mercedes just came up with this concept/design within the last few years? Be realistic. These designs take years to come to fruition, many years before Cadillac and especially the RC designs ever even made it to the public ey

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    King of Depreciation

  • 06sti 06sti Posts:

    This car is indeed crazy gorgeous! Never wanted an S-class till now.

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    @dfelix70: Yes, I do. And your opinion, that has no more credibility than mine, doesn't make me "trust you", trust me. And it's not 1985 anymore, it doesn't take all that long to come up with a new design like it once did. This is after all , ju

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I'd like to think that Mercedes Benz is more worried about competitors like BMW and Audi rather than anyone cross-ocean, particularly as their primary focus is on the Chinese market.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    Again, frank908, stop flattering Cadillac (or yourself) by assuming that Mercedes is doing this because of Cadillac. TRUST ME, Mercedes is not looking over its shoulder at what an also-ran wannabe luxury marque is doing and feeling threatened by it. And, yes, MB is more Tier 1 than Cadillac ever will be. Live in my neck of the woods where Bentleys and Rolls Royces are a dime a dozen, and you'll see just who is driving a Mercedes vs. who is (not) driving a Cadillac.

  • autosoc autosoc Posts:

    Is it me, or does this need to back to the design team for a remodel. The grille is too large and the proportions seem distorted. It may have all the right numbers, but does not convey a sense of style, sophistication, or artistry. Mercedes seems to be producing a number of unattractive vehicles these days. Of course, many BWMs are not exactly stylish either. We know they certainly are not working at Acura. Apparently, all of the good designers went to Korea.

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