2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe spy shots
The new S-Class Coupe will replace the current CL-Class. A name change for the latest generation of the big luxury coupe has been rumored for several years, but a label on a key ring shown in the interior of one of the prototypes has the inscription "CL 217" written on. The previous CL-Class was internally referenced as the C216 and the one before it was the C215.
What is known so far is that the car will trail the recently unveiled 2014 S-Class sedan by less than a year, arriving in the middle of 2014, likely just ahead of the debut of a brand new S-Class Cabriolet also in the works. A stretched S-Class 'Pullman' limo should also arrive next year.
From what we can gather from these prototype photos, the new S-Class Coupe is a bit more athletic and trim at the rear end, compared to the current CL-Class.
At the nose, it's adopting more of the recent redesigns seen on other Mercedes models, though a bit more dramatic than is typical for the conservatively styled S-Class sedan, with a slightly more protruding grille area, swept-back headlights, and a domed, sculpted hood.
Inside, the look matches that of the cabin found in the 2014 S-Class sedan, though there are some subtle differences. This prototype has a three-spoke steering wheel instead of the two-spoke unit fitted to the sedan. It's also missing the clock located in between the central air-conditioner units on the sedan.
A new modular platform, codenamed "MRA", will underpin the entire S-Class range, enabling the construction of additional variants such as the coupe and cabrio while retaining the common styling and mechanical elements. The MRA platform is expected to offer revised suspension design for improved ride and handling, while also shedding weight through greater use of high-tensile steels, aluminum, and composites.
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As always, the next-generation S-Class remains a leader in the in-car technology category, from safety to infotainment, and the S-Class Coupe will share in that bounty. From the autonomous driving ability that will be an industry first in a production car, to collision-avoidance and park assist, to the latest iteration of COMAND, the S-Class forges new territory while covering all of the existing bases.
We should know more about this coupe version as we approach the car’s reveal around the middle of 2014. In the meantime, click here to watch a prototype in our exclusive spy video.