2013 IAA: Mercedes-Benz unveils S-Class Coupe Concept at Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 13, 2013

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its S-class coupe concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It provides a glimpse of the production model that will be launched at the Detroit auto show in January 2014, with sales in the United States set to commence in the second quarter of next year. The new S-class coupe will replace the seven-year-old CL, and is a little lower and shorter than the current CL.

The new S-class coupe is a sister car to the likewise recently unveiled S-class sedan, and is underpinned by a revised CL platform. The two-door coupe could be availed with either rear-wheel drive or optional 4Matic four-wheel drive.

S-class coupe concept features Mercedes-Benz's so-called soft nose grille as well as sleeker headlamps, giving it a more aggressive appearance than the outgoing CL. The S-class coupe concept also features a more shapely front fenders, more heavily raked windscreen, and long frameless doors as well as dropping line on the sides, a shallower glasshouse and a side window graphic.

Meanwhile, rear of the S-class coupe concept features muscular rumps over the rear wheel arches, an oval-shaped rear window, high trunk lid, horizontally positioned taillamps and fluted tail pipes. The S-class coupe concept rides on 21-inch wheels shod with 265/35 front and 295/35 rear profile tires, although the production version may ride on 19-inch wheels as standard or on 20-inch optional rims.

The concept may also feature more production-oriented exterior mirrors, proper door handles, with some subtle changes to the lower section of the rear bumper assembly.

Moreover, S-class coupe concept is powered by Mercedes-Benz's twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 direct-injection gas engine that provides 455 hp -- 20 hp more than the similarly configured engine that powers the CL550. Torque, however, stays at 516 lb-ft. The S-class coupe will feature the carmaker’s new road-surface scanning system and Magic Body Control, an infotainment system using Gracenote software, according to Mercedes-Benz insiders.

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