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.

Sculptured sophistication and minimalism also epitomise the cabin. The white of the instrument panel radiates sensual precision. Its arched shape reminds one of a whale’s tail flukes just before it splashes into the water. Like all of the interior, it is full of dominant, continuous lines: the top and bottom wave create a clear configuration.

The instrument panel’s architecture is spectacular: Due to an all-new air bag system, the design team was able to give the lower section of the instrument panel an exceptionally sculptured form. The panel’s upper part appears to float sensually over the dashboard as an apparent top layer. The instrument panel flawlessly integrates into the doors in a wraparound design. The wavy motion goes on into the door panels.

The ventilation outlets that are, among other spots, placed as a four-piece grouping in the instrument panel’s centre have a revolutionary and extremely intricate design: projections that move the air’s flow encircle an oblong opening. The ventilation outlets are meant to include contrasts and are produced from a blend of white aluminium, which look like ceramic, and of polished brushed aluminium.

The control components in aluminium have a practical and crisp design, and they also create a thrilling comparison to the natural and unconventional forms around them.

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