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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Coming Soon

By raccars Published

While Mercedes' GLA compact SUV has been wowing the crowd at Frankfurt, it's the stunning new S-Class Coupe concept that the company is really pushing. The super sleek version of the super saloon is only the next stage in what could be a fairly extensive S-Class line up.

While Mercedes admits the car will receive some careful revision before making it to the production line, it also promises that the S-Class Coupe will not lose any of the concept version's substantial visual impact along the way. The company claims the finished version will have about 90% in common with the showpiece drawing attention at this week's show.

Along with the jaw dropping looks, Mercedes is promising peerless performance from its luxury coupe. The substantial nose promises a stability that the interior's lighter touch would bely, partly thanks to regulatory insistence upon pedestrian protection. Some bold interior styling is unlikely to make it past the concept stage, such as the quadruple time zone dashboard clock.

Limited production runs are planned to preserve exclusivity.

Mercedes executive, Dr Uwe Ernstberger, has been using the German event to expand upon his company's plans for a six model S-Class line up. As the brand's flagship model, Mercedes is keen to sustain the S-Class's significance in the market, meaning that along with the coupe, there are tentative plans for a convertible. On the other hand, the idea of an estate has been summarily dismissed. The US and China are the car's biggest markets and Mercedes believes a Shooting Brake is unlikely to arouse interest there.

Instead, Mercedes is focusing its resources on a four door coupe and an S500 plug in hybrid. The latter will be on sale by 2015, with a 329bhp four cylinder V6 diesel engine assisted by a 107bhp electric motor. Its all electric range will be 18 miles and the 0-60mph time will be an impressive – for its kind – 5.4 seconds. Mercedes sees this as an inevitable step in auto manufacture and is calling for consumers and governments to accept the position. A high performance S63 AMG variant has also been planned, even more powerful than the previous version, but lighter and more efficient.

Even more upscale is the planned replacement for the sadly defunct Maybach brand – the S-Class Pullman. This halo model will cost around £200,000 and will be furnished accordingly. This shows the S-Class outgrowing its executive car market segment into the realms of the ultra luxury likes of Rolls Royce. The Pullman follows the coupe and convertibles in Mercedes' priority list and is expected to receive some rather individual styling.

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