Our spies have just nabbed the first ever scoop shots of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe while being driven at one of company's German facilities – notably, with much less camouflage than what you would normally expect for a car seen in this stage of development.
Similar to how the E-Class Coupe succeeded the CLK-Class, the S-Class Coupe will replace the CL-Class flagship coupe models in Benz's range. The CL nameplate was first used in 1996 for the W140 Coupes, which were originally called SEC.
The luxury Coupe will join a new five-strong Mercedes-Benz S-class line-up, which launches this year with the regular, and possibly, the long-wheelbase versions of the W222-codenamed S-Class sedan that form the base for all models of the series.
While not straying too far away from the shape of the C216 CL-Class it will replace, from these first spy pictures, it looks like the S-Class Coupe features more sportier proportions with a lower roofline that stretches to the rear end, and a squared-off front end that brings to mind the new SL roadster. A couple of more things we noticed are the more pronounced front and rear fenders, and the door-mounted mirrors.
Technically, the S-Class Coupe will share its platform architecture, engine range and electronic features such as Benz's new intelligent assistance systems, with the S-Class sedan. We anticipate that the Coupe will continue to be offered with a choice of V8 and V12 engines, in both regular and more powerful AMG flavors, with the base V8 to be optionally available with Merc's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Look for the S-Class Coupe in showrooms within the next two years.
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