2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Gets Makeover

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has been redesigned, undergoing a radical makeover in the process.

Boasting sporty proportions and sensuous lines, this large coupe has reclaimed it's place at the head of Mercedes' table. The S-Class was always considered the pinnacle of the company's range, and the car that was previously known as the CL has been deservedly renamed the S class.

The CL was not a big seller, selling only 476 units in the U.S. last year, but it was the car that got all of the newest and greatest technology first. On the newly redesigned model, that practice continues. The new S-class model will receive features such as a heads-up display and active curve tilting. This advanced new feature allows a vehicle to lean into curves, just like a motorcycle driver does. This will reduce the lateral acceleration that acts upon the occupants of the vehicle. It's also got all of the safety and convenience features found in the sedan version, including the company's Intelligent Drive package of semiautomated driving features. These include autonomous braking, night vision, pedestrian detection, lane and cross-traffic assistance, adaptive high beams and radar-based distance control.

The S-Class Coupe is sharing the same platform as the sedan model. It's shorter and wider than the outgoing model- 198 inches long and 75 inches wide, but the 56 inch height has not changed. It's lines seem more flowy rather than sculpted now. The grille is wider and bigger overall too and there are two rows of front and rear LED headlights. Inside, the wide panoramic roof has an adjustable tint, going from light to dark with a simple switch. The car's dash has two layers, the top clear and wraparound, and the lower appears to float.

Debuting shortly at the Geneva auto show, Mercedes calls the 2015 S-class "as exclusive as it gets -- the ultimate in aesthetic sportiness." A Mercedes design boss called it "one of the most gorgeous coupes of all time, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its predecessor."

It should arrive in North American showrooms later this fall. The initial version arriving in North America will be called the S550 coupe, and will come with all-wheel drive and a 449 horsepower 4.7-litre biturbo V8 under it's hood. It's slated to go head to head with Maserati's Gran Turismo, the Audi A7 and S7 as well as the BMW 6 series and 6 series Gran Coupe, with a base price over $117,000 U.S. For those with deeper pockets, an AMG version is expected to follow, starting at $218,525 U.S.

By Linda Aylesworth -


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