New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will take on the Bentley Continental GT

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2013

Mercedes-Benz will feature a new coupé model in its five-strong S-class range that will go up against the Bentley Continental GT. The replacement for the Mercedes CL will appear more muscular, somewhat like the Continental GT. A source said that this model will receive a “less of a two-door saloon look.”

The source added that the front is much more aggressive with the additional structure to the flanks with an obvious drop line, a turret line that’s more rounded and a rear overhang that’s much shorter. It’s expected that the S-class coupé will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show. It will take about six months before a new S-class cabriolet model is introduced at the Paris motor show the same year. The new drop-top is likely to compete directly with the Bentley Continental GTC.

It was in 2007 when we first received hints about the fabric roof cabriolet with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Concept. Mercedes expanded the new S-class line-up to five models in three separate bodystyles and wheelbase lengths.

This came after the automaker’s recent move to terminate its Maybach brand after 10 years of poor sales after it was revived in 2002. Aside from the new coupé and cabriolet models in the new line-up, which is being built with the internal working title W222, is a replacement to the existing flagship saloon in three various lengths.

According to insiders, the new S-class has a more stately stature. They also said that customer feedback is responsible for its new appearance, implying that the current model isn’t as aesthetically prominent as its limousine rivals. The new car will be available in standard-, long-wheelbase and extra-long-wheelbase forms. The latter will carry Pullman identification as part of Mercedes-Benz’s plans to directly compete with models such as the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

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