During the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz debuted the S-Class Coupe concept. As it comes closer and closer to the launch, many will be surprised just how close Mercedes-Benz is keeping to the concept.
Although the concept and production model are very similar, the real model sits about half an inch higher, is almost an inch narrower, and the center of the grille is just over an inch more upright, giving the front end “less of a shark nose,” said Jan Kaul, senior Mercedes designer to Autocar. “A car like this is very much part of Mercedes’ coupe history; when we started on the project we imagined the kind of car that might be driven in a James Bond movie.”
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The exterior of both the concept and production model may be close to one another, but the interiors are vastly different. The dashboard has been split in two, separating the different elements. The upper half has been designed to be free-flowing, which can be seen in the lines running throughout the cabin. The lower half, however, has been set low, causing the design team to have to reposition the passenger airbags.
We expect that powertrains will be similar to those of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan we drove earlier this year.
Design elements that remain solely on the concept model include the air vent designs and aluminum door trims. Referencing more ‘James Bond’ touches, Mercedes-Benz has placed four clocks on the lower center console that indicate different times around the world. The new S-Class coupe was designed to compete directly against the Bentley Continental GT, and a convertible variant of the new model will arrive shortly after the coupe debuts.