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    Geneva Motor Show: Farewell CL-Class, Hello 2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe


    • CL-Class Says Farewell, S-Class Coupe Says Hello


    When the Geneva Motor Show begins next month, it will signal a change in Mercedes-Benz's coupe lineup. The CL moniker will be retired and in its place will be the S-Class moniker placed on the next-generation big coupe.

    The 2015 S-Class Coupe's styling is nearly identical to the Concept S-Class Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. The front end is very reminiscent to the CLA and upcoming C-Class with a large grille and emblem. On the special S550 Edition 1 models, the LED headlights feature 47 Swarovski crystals to create a jeweled look. Out of those 47, 17 are used for the daytime-running lights and the rest are for the turn signals. Turning towards the side profile, long doors extend into pillarless side windows, a trademark of big Mercedes-Benz coupes. Around back is a much more racier tail with thinner taillights.

    The S-Class Coupe's interior is directly pulled from the S-Class sedan, including its “floating” lower dashboard. Standard on the S-Class Coupe is a panorama sunroof that Mercedes-Benz says is 150 percent larger than the outgoing CL's sunroof. The sunroof also features Magic Sky Control which can vary the transparency of the glass.

    For the U.S., the S-Class Coupe will be available with one engine at launch; a twin-turbocharged 4.7L V8 engine producing 449 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. This is paired with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Oddly, the automaker doesn't say what transmission will come with the V8. Most likely, it happens to be the seven-speed automatic transmission.

    On the handling front, Mercedes-Benz has fitted the S-Class Coupe with a system called "active curve tilting function." Working together with the Active Body Control, the system uses cameras and and accelerometers to tilt the vehicle up to 2.5 degrees. This is aimed to provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.

    The 2015 S-Class Coupe arrives at dealers this fall.

    Source: Mercedes-Benz

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    New S-Class Coupe

    An aesthetic, exclusive high-end coupe

    Stuttgart. Stylistically self-assured presence, exclusive appointments and refined sportiness – the new S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupe with modern luxury and state-of-the art technology. As a world premiere, the breathtaking two-door coupe includes a touchpad as standard and can be optionally equipped with a head-up display. Available expressive headlamps, each featuring 47 Swarovski crystals, produce a uniquely striking appearance.

    "As exclusive as it gets – the ultimate in aesthetic sportiness", stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to

    the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that's why it's now called the 'S-Class' again."

    "The world premiere of the active curve tilting function demonstrates the possibilities offered by Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive," notes Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG with responsibility for corporate research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development. "The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle's occupants. On country roads in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for our customers." The new S-Class Coupe will have its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 6 – 16, 2014) with U.S. dealer deliveries scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. The two-door S550 Coupe will be available in the U.S. as a 4MATIC only with a 4.7L V8 biturbo engine. The S550 Coupe has an output of 449 hp and its torque level peaks at 516 lb-ft. The sporty driving experience is significantly enhanced by the emotional sound produced by the exhaust system.

    With the curve tilting function the Coupe introduces a further world first for series-production cars: The Coupe leans into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function enhances driving enjoyment and comfort.

    Like the S-Class Sedan, the new Coupe is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. The "Intelligent Drive" systems include, among other things the PRE-SAFE® brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-beam Assist and Night View Assist Plus. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS features an additional function apart from the adaptive brake assistant, which provides collision protection from a speed of 4 mph: if there remains a danger of collision and the driver fails to respond, the system can carry out an autonomous braking maneuver at speeds of up to 65 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

    As in the sedan, the PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system has been expanded through the inclusion of PRE-SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the parking brake on the vehicle stationary and thus minimize the risk of whiplash injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

    Numerous standard equipment features are available to make the interior of the S-Class Coupe exceptionally luxurious and comfortable. For example, the AIR-BALANCE package including the components "fragrancing" and "ionization" is available. Optional equipment includes an electric armrest heating as a component of the Warmth Comfort package.

    In cooperation with high-end audio specialists Burmester, two especially high- value audio systems have been developed: the Burmester® surround sound system and the Burmester® High-End 3D surround sound system.

    Design: sensual purity at its most beguiling

    Sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The aim is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that showcase high tech while radiating emotional appeal. The sensual purity is reflected in the core design values of tradition, emotion and progressivism. These make up the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progressivism. Each model series has an assigned role and a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand.

    "Our new S-Class Coupe is one of the most gorgeous coupes of all time, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its predecessor," says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Daimler AG. "The sensuous flowing silhouette in interplay with the clear progressive design language forms a perfect symbiosis and expresses our philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision."

    The exterior: flowing profile of perfect proportions

    The flowing profile of the S-Class Coupe embodies sensual purity in a modern way and is emphasized by the hallmark Mercedes dropping line. The long hood with pronounced lines and powerdomes, the low greenhouse with high beltline, the accentuated wheel arches as well as the large wheels (18- to 20-inch) and the broad visual effect created by the rear reinforce the S-Class Coupe's aspirations as a masterpiece of automotive refinement. With a wheelbase of 116 inches, the Coupe is 198 inches long, with a width of 75 inches and a height of 56 inches.

    Its convex and concave modeled surfaces lend the S-Class Coupe a sensuous character. The sculpted appearance lends it classic elegance that forms a perfect symbiosis with the modern-progressive design idiom.

    The view from the side is marked by the dropping line in keeping with the emotional character of the vehicle. It underscores the brand-typical proportions like a signature. The lines are deliberately reduced to the basics. This creates a sensual, timeless purity.

    The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the S-Class Coupe a superior, self-confident front: in the center of the vehicle front end is the further-evolved three-dimensional diamond radiator grille, whose structure is defined by rectangular, chrome-plated elements. It incorporates the central Mercedes three-pointed star and one louvre.

    The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime running lamps lend it an extremely self-assured and distinctive gaze. On the S-Class Coupe the eyebrows have been further refined with a semi-circular counter-curve. In combination with the standard LED Intelligent Light System, the Edition 1 S550 special edition vehicle will also feature unique headlamps with no less than 47 Swarovski crystals. 17 angular crystals form the flare-shaped daytime running lamps, with 30 round-shaped crystals making up the turn indicator lamps.

    The side profile is defined by the dome-shaped stretched roof line and the frameless doors. An elegant 3D continuous chrome frame surrounds the glass areas that are uninterrupted by B-pillars. This underscores the Mercedes- typical coupe look.

    A muscle above the rear axle extending from the side wall generates a sense of lightness and dynamic spirit even at a standstill. The positively arched surfaces and lines of the side walls flow into the rear end with a dramatic tapered effect.

    The rear end with its surfaces, broad shoulders and distinctive character lines rounds off the emotive overall appearance. Moving the license plate mounting to the lower part of the rear bumper is a particularly striking modification. It allows the trunk lid to be made especially sleek in this area. The three-pointed star is, so to say, free-standing and can thus be made more prominent for greater effect. In addition it pivots outwards in order to locate the rearview camera and the surround view camera in an elegantly functional manner.

    The arrangement of the LEDs in two horizontal rows in the two-piece tail lamps reveals cutting-edge technology and underscores the sporty character of the vehicle rear, careful attention to detail and the car's premium value. Form and function fuse into a perfect unity. Part of the light functions is located in the wings, the other in the trunk lid. This characteristic arrangement makes the vehicle highly recognizable by night, too.

    The two-part rear bumper underscores the sportiness indicated by the front design. The diffusor, painted in high-sheen black, meets in equal measure the requirements made by aerodynamics and by design. Below it there is, as in the front bumper, a horizontal wing in silver look. Integrated in the diffusor are the premium-quality tailpipes.

    The S-Class Coupe features a standard panorama roof extending over two- thirds of the entire vehicle roof; with a surface area of around 1.32 m2, it appears almost 150 percent larger than on the predecessor model. MAGIC SKY CONTROL makes it possible to switch the transparency of the roof at the push of a button, from light to dark. When light, the roof is almost completely transparent and allows an open-air experience, even in the coldest weather. When dark, light transmission i.e. the proportion of outside light that is allowed through into the interior, is reduced to less than 1% and thus effectively diminishes heating up of the vehicle. In addition, it is possible to shade the interior completely by means of a roller blind.

    The interior: modern luxury as avant-garde design

    The interior design of the new S-Class Coupe is an expression of the Mercedes-Benz design idiom – sensual purity. An enthralling combination of sculptural sensuous volume elements and components, and the clear geometry of its basic architecture create an avant-garde design idiom. A high class appeal, quality workmanship and exceptional touch and feel are a treat for the passengers' senses, so that the car's interior represents the highest level of "modern luxury".

    The S-Class Coupe's dashboard fascinates with its spectacular architecture, giving rise to a vehicle of unique character in the upper coupe segment. The dashboard is divided into a very clear top-layer section with an expansive "wrap-around" effect extending to the doors, and an extremely low, sculptural "floating" lower section. This striking architecture was made possible by repositioning the airbag to a completely new low location. This concept enables the large, two-part wide-screen format TFT display to be placed in a prominent "hovering" position in front of this trim surface. In addition, it is stylishly highlighted with an ambience lighting corona. Under the display, the sporty elevated center console extends to the vehicle rear. All lids and armrests are lavishly covered in leather.

    The use of the finest materials, surfaces, color combinations and seam designs contributes towards achieving a truly exclusive car interior. Air vents, switches, belt extender rosette and trim elements are in electroplated "Silver Shadow". This gives the trim elements a particularly high value appeal and enhances the three-dimensional effect of their surfaces.

    In front of the armrest the standard touchpad can be found, with its black high- sheen surface and chrome-look surround. As on a smartphone, the touchpad allows all the head-unit functions to be operated using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any of the head unit's languages. Diverse controls, e.g. for the multi-media system, are arrayed as keys in a semicircle in front of the central control element.

    Both the front and the rear seats have a pronounced sporty character, the two rear seats are designed as individual seats. The Exclusive upholsteries optionally includes seats in Exclusive nappa designo leather with a striking diamond backstitching pattern on backrests and seating surfaces. The front- seat seatbelts are integrated in the rear side panelling without interrupting the waistline with windows open; seatbelt extenders make them easily accessible for the seat occupants.

    There is a fluid transition between the doors and the rear side panelling, emphasizing the vehicle's well-being quality. Here too, surfaces and controls are masterfully executed in top-quality materials; the configuration with the standard Burmester® surround sound system and the optional Burmester® High-End 3D surround sound system offers a special highlight in form and function.

    New interior colors such as Bengal red, saddle brown and porcelain allow individualization of the interior. The standard ambient lighting with several lighting moods provides the corresponding wellness character. The customer can choose from seven lighting moods.

    Less distraction: head-up display

    The optional head-up display brings important information directly into the driver's field of vision, presenting it on the windscreen to ensure less distraction from the traffic situation. The system informs about vehicle speed, navigation instructions and driving assistance system messages.

    The technical basis for this system is a specular optics system and a full-color display module with a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels, operating with high-power LEDs. They project the virtual image, which measures around 8 x 3 inches, into the driver's field of vision where it appears to float around two meters away above the hood. The resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree of viewing angle ensures a needle-sharp image. A special light sensor located near the top edge of the roof automatically adjusts the brightness of the head-up display to the exterior lighting conditions.

    Lower transversal forces: active curve tilting function

    With the curve tilting function the Coupe introduces a further world first for series-production cars: The curve tilting function makes the Coupe lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function enhances motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach higher speeds, but to produce a more pleasant motoring experience.

    With Active Body Control the suspension struts are equipped with hydraulic cylinders (so-called plungers), in order to adjust the force in each strut individually. Depending on the curve driven, the curve tilting function shifts the base point of each individual strut. This allows the vehicle to incline automatically and continuously in fractions of a second and to angles of up to 2.5 degrees in curves – depending on the road angle and vehicle speed. The innovative suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to 49 feet ahead, and an additional transversal acceleration sensor. The curve tilting function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC switch; it is active in the speed range from 19 to 112 mph.

    Emotive-sporty sound: exhaust system with flaps

    The emotive sound of the exhaust system makes a decisive contribution to the sporty driving experience. The deeper sound components ensure a fuller, sportier sound. In the transversally positioned rear silencer of the twin-pipe exhaust system there are two flaps that can be opened and closed pneumatically depending on the engine speed.

    When the flaps are open the exhaust gases are conducted through the rear silencer along a different path so that the vehicle sound becomes more powerful. The switching point of the flaps depends upon the drive program selected – in the S program the flaps open earlier than in the E program. As soon as the S-Class Coupe engine starts, the power of its sound can be heard.

    A long tradition: large coupes from Mercedes-Benz

    The history of the large post-war Mercedes coupes dates back to the year 1952, when Mercedes-Benz launched the legendary 300 S Coupe - a "car for the world's elite" as the automotive press of the time judged. It was followed in 1956 by the 220 S Coupe of model series W 180, which created a sensation in particular due to its self-supporting pontoon body. From 1961 to 1971 the long-drawn out elegant Coupe of model series W111/W112 enthralled no less than 29,918 highly discerning customers, who were able to choose between the Type 220 SEb Coupe six-cylinder models and the Type 280 SE 3.5 Coupe eight-cylinder models.

    The SEC coupes of model series C 126, which remained in the program of the Stuttgart-based automotive brand for ten years and of which over 74,000 were sold, were based on the S-Class of 1981. In 1992 the successor model (model series C 140) was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, also featuring for the first time as a S600 Coupe with a 389 hp twelve-cylinder engine. It was to be the car in which the Electronic Stability Program ESP® had its world premiere in 1995. Later on this coupe was renamed "CL-Class". Another forefather of the new S-Class Coupe celebrated its world première under this name in March 1999. With pioneering innovations such as active ABC suspension (Active Body Control) and bi-xenon headlamps this two-door car set new standards.

    Supreme exclusivity and sophisticated design combined with trend-setting state-of-the-art technology were combined in the last CL-Class (2006). This luxury coupe opened up a new dimension of vehicle safety with the introduction of the PRE-SAFE® brake. Beyond this, Mercedes innovations such as the Intelligent Light System with five light functions and PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant safety were also part of the vehicle's standard equipment.

    The new S-Class Coupe and its innovations seamlessly continue the tradition of large coupes into the future and will launch in the U.S. this fall with the S550 4MATIC.

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    Via the pics elsewhere, I can't figure out what Daimler is attempting here. First they swap up the nomenclature, so those looking for a CL coupe have to figure out where it went, then they glue the nose of a $29K econo-sedan on to the result. I mean; they're identical from the front. Bewildering. You'd think for your $70K premium, you'd at least get a more tasteful, less blingy grille.

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    I think it's a pretty stunning look, personally. It hasn't strayed much from the concept.

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    Regarding the name change, Mercedes has been making the shift towards unifying their sedan and coupe counterparts for a while now. Meanwhile, BMW is doing the opposite...

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    I think it looks stunning. The back end looks sort of like the SLS AMG. I agree with Drew on most coupes looking the same, I miss the straight angled body, square headlight look of the 1980s Mercedes, and the old SEC. But I guess people like curvy now and wind tunnel and crash standards make everything look alike. Things go in cycles though, so the classic 1980s look may come back some day, just as the late 60s Mustang look came back 40 years later.

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    For such a High End Auto, I have mixed feelings about the interior plainness and the exterior which tends to say to me been there done that in the last 20yrs.

    Also what is so big about these so called Crystal headlamps. They are nice looking, but do they really give me anything better than what everyone else is doing or is it just another status name to float around?

    Just not impressed. Nice auto, but not impressed.

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    That green one that Viper posted is absolutely spectacular. What a gorgeous car. Love the beautiful interior, too, except for the lack of a real, mechanical shifter.

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    There is no direct competitor other than the Bentley Continental GT, so if you want a big luxury coupe, this is what you have to buy. BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Lexus don't have anything in this class.

    The ability to lean the car going into corners sounds interesting, adding that element to active body control could make this car corner really flat.

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    That is a GIGANTIC unit plastered to the inside, upper-center of the windshield!

    I think this is yet another of those vehicles that necessitates in-person inspection, because the interior just looks blinged up with brightwork, on an otherwise lackluster (for this price class) execution. Just looks so... pasted together. Maybe in person is really works, dunno.

    BMW 6-series is likely cross-shopped here, it's a bit cheaper but pretty close in specs.

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    That rhomboidal graffiti on the leather gives the cheapness of the chairs you find in lawyers' and accountants' offices.

    And that dashboard looks like something from the 60s.

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    I think it looks stunning. The back end looks sort of like the SLS AMG. I agree with Drew on most coupes looking the same, I miss the straight angled body, square headlight look of the 1980s Mercedes, and the old SEC. But I guess people like curvy now and wind tunnel and crash standards make everything look alike. Things go in cycles though, so the classic 1980s look may come back some day, just as the late 60s Mustang look came back 40 years later.

    That does not rhyme.

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    Open and close the vents. The buttons exist for the center vents and driver's side vent also.

    That makes sense now that I look back at the full dash pictures again. The red dash makes them look like rivets, but I can understand being an open close vent button.

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    That is a GIGANTIC unit plastered to the inside, upper-center of the windshield!

    I think this is yet another of those vehicles that necessitates in-person inspection, because the interior just looks blinged up with brightwork, on an otherwise lackluster (for this price class) execution. Just looks so... pasted together. Maybe in person is really works, dunno.

    BMW 6-series is likely cross-shopped here, it's a bit cheaper but pretty close in specs.

    If it's anything like the S-Class sedan... Save for the LCD screens I wasn't a fan of (I prefer real mechanical gauges) the interior blew away anything else I've ever sat in. Between the attention to detail, design, materials, fit and finish - It was marvelous. It was the epitome of old-school luxury executed for a modern world.

    Afterwards, I sat in everything Cadillac had to offer and for me, the difference was night and day. To be fair, Cadillac doesn't currently have a true competitor to compare to a range-topping Mercedes. Despite that, and to Cadillac's credit, I did prefer the design theme of the CTS's interior with its better implementation of LCD screens.

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    ^ Fair enough. Materials and 'fit & finish' (the latter's window which has gotten pretty small these days) are an in-person evaluation. Where it's relatively subjective and largely able to be judged via pic is design & some larger details, and here it falls apart for me.

    For intance; that 'open/close' vent button would've been far more refined had it been -say- the same size but sitting at 12:00 on the vent's bezel. There's a lot of 'scatter-shot' pasting of elements in that interior that IMO are an attempt to 'bedazzle' the eye rather than have it examine overall design too much. A lot of those small elements could have been combined/refined for a cleaner, more contemporary result.

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    All the folds in the bodywork make it look kind of like the automotive equivalent of a Shar Pei.

    Embarrassing level of bling. Looks a lot smaller than the S-class. Giant unit on windshield and low roofline likely conspire to make visibily awful for anybody tall (unless they like driving in a lying down position).

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    It is 56 inches tall, which is as tall as an ATS and it is as long as a Buick LaCrosse, so I doubt it is that poor on interior space or visibility. It does have a bit of a high belt line, but many cars do now.

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    I will never be able to drive this since if it is the same size as the ATS and while I love the design of the ATS. I could not sit upright, even with the seat all the way back, I was not comfy since I could not get enough leg room and no one could ever sit behind me.

    Another Benze for the under 6' crowd. Bedazzled with Crystals and a SOSO design language inside and out. Yet they will sell a ton to the status John versus John freaks out there.

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    I will never be able to drive this since if it is the same size as the ATS and while I love the design of the ATS. I could not sit upright, even with the seat all the way back, I was not comfy since I could not get enough leg room and no one could ever sit behind me.

    Another Benze for the under 6' crowd. Bedazzled with Crystals and a SOSO design language inside and out. Yet they will sell a ton to the status John versus John freaks out there.

    Why would this be the same size as an ATS? This is an S-class coupe... which, you know, is based on the S-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz's largest sedan.

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    ^ True of course, tho the S'coupe is 197" and the CTS is what; 192"? I haven't seen it's interior dimensions, but exterior-wise this is mid-size.
    That said, I would not chose to be 6'6" in modern cars. Just tight all around for the most part.

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    I will never be able to drive this since if it is the same size as the ATS and while I love the design of the ATS. I could not sit upright, even with the seat all the way back, I was not comfy since I could not get enough leg room and no one could ever sit behind me.

    Another Benze for the under 6' crowd. Bedazzled with Crystals and a SOSO design language inside and out. Yet they will sell a ton to the status John versus John freaks out there.

    Why would this be the same size as an ATS? This is an S-class coupe... which, you know, is based on the S-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz's largest sedan.

    SMK was compairing it to the size of the ATS and LaCrosse including the height of 56".

    That is why I said if it is sized with the ATS I will never be able to drive it.

    I also agree with Balthazar, at 6'6" tall, Todays modern cars have removed us large people as possible consumers since the only thing we fit into for comfort is trucks and SUV's.

    Not everything in life is better small! Small cars are not really better. If all you care about is MPG and want to give up Quality of Life, then drive your coffin and accept that you will die when a much larger auto or semi hits you.

    Back on Topic, This is a FAILURE!

    MB should have done better in design both inside and out! Is is nice? YES, Is it different enough to stand out on it's own, NO!

    Best example of this is the picture of the Honda Accord Coupe that was posted, this looks like an evolution of that auto. Nice but still bland and fading in with the rest. It does not stand out or make a statement and it does not come across as ubber luxury, elite class. MB has chevized their product line.

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      1,809
      -68.0%
                    CLA
      2,070
      2,611
      -20.7%
      23,916
      27,731
      -13.8%
                    C-CLASS
      7,261
      7,239
      0.3%
      69,822
      79,057
      -11.7%
                    E-CLASS/CLS
      4,642
      5,205
      -10.8%
      46,045
      50,308
      -8.5%
                    S-CLASS
      1,475
      1,856
      -20.5%
      17,309
      19,825
      -12.7%
                    SLC/SLK
      270
      239
      13.0%
      3,067
      3,892
      -21.2%
                    SL
      273
      296
      -7.8%
      3,418
      3,680
      -7.1%
                    AMG GT
      89
      118
      -24.6%
      1,128
      1,115
      1.2%
                    *SLS AMG
      0
      1
      -
      1
      29
      -
                    GLA
      2,227
      2,721
      -18.2%
      22,194
      23,393
      -5.1%
                    GLC/GLK
      3,876
      1,216
      218.8%
      43,854
      23,536
      86.3%
                    GLE/M-CLASS
      4,694
      5,250
      -10.6%
      46,217
      46,577
      -0.8%
                    GL/GLS
      3,108
      2,916
      6.6%
      27,180
      24,858
      9.3%
                    G-CLASS 
      326
      334
      -2.4%
      3,497
      3,075
      13.7%
                    TOTAL
      30,363
      30,043
      1.1%
      308,226
      308,885
      -0.2%
                    Vans1
      2,564
      2,770
      -7.4%
      30,444
      25,843
      17.8%
                    smart
      563
      662
      -15.0%
      5,025
      6,815
      -26.3%
                    MBUSA
      Combined Total
      Nov-16
      Nov-15
      Monthly %
      YTD 2016
      YTD 2015
      Yearly %
                    GRAND TOTAL
      33,490
      33,475
      0.0%
      343,695
      341,543
      0.6%

      1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.

      *out of production
    • By William Maley
      Ever since Mercedes-Benz introduced the new E-Class earlier this year, there has been speculation as to when its sister model, the CLS would be redesigned. A new report says that it will take place in 2018.
      According to Automotive News, the next-generation CLS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2018 for the U.S. The model will use Mercedes' Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) that is not only lighter than the platform underpinning the current CLS, but also bring more room. Spy shots reveal that the design of the next CLS will evolve, but will not depart from the current look. There is talk that the new inline-six that Mercedes announced earlier this month could be used for the CLS.
      The interesting bit about Automotive News' report is that Mercedes could move the CLS name to a new four-door sedan that AMG is currently developing, while the standard model would use the CLE nameplate. Also under speculation is that CLS shooting brake will be dropped when the next-generation model is introduced.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      Ever since Mercedes-Benz introduced the new E-Class earlier this year, there has been speculation as to when its sister model, the CLS would be redesigned. A new report says that it will take place in 2018.
      According to Automotive News, the next-generation CLS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2018 for the U.S. The model will use Mercedes' Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) that is not only lighter than the platform underpinning the current CLS, but also bring more room. Spy shots reveal that the design of the next CLS will evolve, but will not depart from the current look. There is talk that the new inline-six that Mercedes announced earlier this month could be used for the CLS.
      The interesting bit about Automotive News' report is that Mercedes could move the CLS name to a new four-door sedan that AMG is currently developing, while the standard model would use the CLE nameplate. Also under speculation is that CLS shooting brake will be dropped when the next-generation model is introduced.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By ccap41
      I was thoroughly surprised when I came to read this and read the results and I think it is the best looking of the group and it sounds like it(and all new Cadillacs) have been nailing the driving portion of the car. But a major bummer on the interior and yet again CUE. How long will it take them to sort that out???  It looks like Cadillac was going for "value for size". rather than just being the best and that's disappointing.
      CT6 vs E300 vs S90
      Here's the intro but you can read the full comparison at the above link.
      " Large luxury cars used to be powered by throaty, grumbling eight-cylinder engines. Cadillac had its old Northstar V-8s, Mercedes-Benz a 4.3-liter, and Volvo a 4.4-liter V-8 in the mid-priced offerings. But downsizing is all the rage these days, and all three of those manufacturers’ new mid-priced offerings are powered by diminutive 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Our testing suggests that you might not miss those extra cylinders.
      The segment stalwarts are the ones leading the downsizing charge. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport is the German automaker’s bread-and-butter mid-priced midsize sedan. Starting at around $50K and selling well-equipped for nearly 70 large, the E-Class targets the heart of the luxury sedan market with semi-autonomous driving technology, baby S-Class luxury, and a four-cylinder engine cranking out a respectable 241 hp.
      Cadillac has historically been synonymous with big engines. It sold high-tech V-16 engines through the middle of the Great Depression and has been known for its high-power V-8s since the ’60s. Yet its stunning don’t-call-it-a-flagship 2017 Cadillac CT6 2.0T Luxury offers an engine with a quarter of the cylinders of its V-16 cars, a tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making a stout 265 hp.
      You can always count on the Swedes to be just a little bit different. Although the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription makes just as much of a visual impression as the Caddy and Merc, it differs ever so slightly under the hood. Yes, it too has a 2.0-liter four-banger, but the S90’s is twin-charged, featuring both a supercharger and a turbocharger. The end result is a potent little engine making 316 hp. That’s V-8 territory.
      So are these small-engined thoroughbreds engaging to drive? Can they deliver flagship luxury?"
    • By William Maley
      Those who were hoping that Mercedes-Benz would bring the X-Class pickup to the U.S., we have some bad news for you. Dietmar Exler, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO tells Automotive News they are passing on bringing the X-Class here for the time being. At the moment, the market doesn't make sense for Mercedes to start selling it. That doesn't mean it will never come. Exler revealed the company will continue its analysis of the U.S. market along with keep track of how well the X-Class is doing in other markets.
      “It’s the biggest segment we’re not in. It’s overall an attractive, huge segment, but we need to make sure it’s the right time for Mercedes," said Exler.
      Exler wouldn't give a timetable of when the X-Class could arrive in the U.S. But he did hint that the second-generation model could be in the cards.
      “Once the next version of the truck comes out -- when we see the next iteration -- there might be an opportunity to bring it in the medium and the long-term.”
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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