Following tons of leaked images of the model that is set to replace the CL-Class, the German automaker finally gave in and released the first batch of official images of its all-new Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe. First seen in concept form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the S-Class Coupe seems to have retained most of its characteristic and curvaceous shape on the production version.
Mercedes says the proportions of the concept transferred to the production model are “virtually unaltered," so if you're getting deja vu looking at the photos, it's because we pretty much saw this car in Frankfurt. Like the concept, the production S-Class coupe features a low greenhouse, stretched roofline, and high belt-line. The coupe's wheelbase is reduced considerably compared to the S-Class sedan, shrinking from 124.6 inches to 116 inches. As a result, the two-door is 8.5 inches shorter overall, with width remaining roughly the same at 75 inches. Thanks to its low, raked roofline, the S-Class coupe is also 2.7 inches shorter in height compared to the four-door.
The stunning looking diamond grille first seen on the CLA and then on the S-Class Coupe Concept has also made its way on to the production-spec S500 Coupe. Flanking the grille are standard LED headlights. A standard panoramic glass roof covers two-thirds of the entire toof, and can dim at the push of a button with Magic Sky Control.
The S-Class coupe's interior may have changed the most from the concept, as the streamlined center console has been replaced with a wide piece closer in appearance to that of the S-Class sedan. The door panels no longer feature a wave pattern, and the power seat controls that were integrated into the door-mounted speaker on the concept are now separated. Other than that, the cabin hasn't changed much. The dashboard is divided into two distinct layers, made possible by moving the passenger front airbag to a new location. Mercedes says this makes the central wide-screen TFT display look like it's "hovering" in front of the top layer of the dash. A touchpad interface is standard, and functions just like the unit offered in the S-Class sedan.
The cabin is upholstered in the "finest materials," Mercedes claims, and can be made even plusher with Exclusive diamond-stitched Designo nappa leather. New interior colors are available with the S-Class coupe, including Bengal red, saddle brown, and porcelain. A Burmester surround sound audio system comes standard, but a High-End 3D surround sound system from Burmester is also available. Also available is a full-color LED head-up display, which projects information into the driver's field of view. A light sensor in the roof detects how much light is in the cabin and automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. The Air-Balance package introduced on the S-Class sedan comes standard on the coupe, and can ionize the air out of the HVAC system or subtly pump in perfume.
If the Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe indeed, makes it into the market just as it does in these images, then Mercedes may be the one to beat in the big luxury coupe game. Post its launch in the international markets, the S-Class Coupe is expected to arrive in India by the end of 2014 or early 2015.