AS AN EXPRESSION OF
With its gorgeous appearance and self-assured style the
Concept S-Class Coupé
perfectly embodies the Mercedes-Benz design
philosophy of sensual clarity.
Sensual clarity 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
stage high tech while exuding emotional appeal. That is
reflected in the core design values of tradition, emotion
and progressivism. Mercedes-Benz creates
a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between
tradition and progressivism. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is
always recognisable 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. “At the centre of our work is
sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury, because
this is precisely what gets to the heart of our brand
philosophy – the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion",
says Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG.
FLOWING PROFILE OF
The flowing profile of the Concept S-Class Coupé
embodies sensual clarity in a modern way. It is
characterised by typical rear-wheel drive proportions, which
are emphasised by the Mercedes-typical signature, the
dropping line. The long bonnet with distinctive lines and
powerdomes, the cowering greenhouse with high beltline, the
accentuated wheel arches as well as the 21-inch wheels and
the visually broad rear substantiate the claim of the
Concept S-Class Coupé
as a masterpiece of automotive refinement. At the centre of
the vehicle front is the three-dimensional and further
evolved diamond radiator grille, whose structure is defined
in this case by rectangular, dark chrome-plated elements.
Positively arched surfaces give the Concept S-Class Coupé
a sensual character. The sculpted appearance lends it
classic elegance that forms a perfect symbiosis with the
modern-progressive design idiom.
The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime
driving lamps lend it an extremely self-assured and
distinctive gaze. On the Concept S-Class Coupé
the eyebrows have been further advanced with a semicircular
counter-swish. The diamond-look of the headlamps and the
tail lamps underline the luxurious appointments of the show
car. The side profile is defined by the dome-shaped
stretched roof line and the frameless doors. An elegant,
three-dimensional chrome frame surrounds the glass areas
that are uninterrupted by B-pillars. This underscores the
Mercedes-typical coupé look. In designing the pillared
exterior mirrors the designers took opportunity of the
liberties offered by a concept car and made them especially
slim, giving them an elegant appearance.
A muscle above the rear axle protruding 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
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DYNAMIC FLOW OF LINES.
Sculpted elegance and simplicity also characterises the
interior. The instrument panel seamlessly transitions into
the doors in a wrap-around design. The wavelike motion
continues in the door panels. The ventilation nozzles have a
futuristic and highly detailed design. Being made of a mix
of brushed and polished white aluminium with a ceramics-like
appearance they are designed to add contrasts. The aluminium
control elements have a functional and clean design and
provide an exciting contrast to the organic and avant-garde
shapes that surround them. On top of the free-form surface
are the 30.7-cm (12.3-inch) screens familiar from the new S-Class.
As high-tech elements they offer an exciting contrast to the
sensual landscape of the instrument panel. In the Concept S-ClassCoupé
the fully glazed colour displays are even slimmer and seem
to float even more freely.
The door panels of the Concept S-Class Coupé
are made from aluminium. Delicate topographic lines create
an interesting light pattern with tiny sparkling highlights.
The central command unit on the centre console looks like a
shiny jewel. Its extremely high-quality "black diamond"
surface creates depth of field. The seats have a highly
dynamic and natural "flow of lines" and continue the
sculpted design of the shapes. In the upper section of the
seat the side bolsters envelope the occupant like a collar.
The vertical lines of the seats come courtesy of an array of
delicate piping. Piping on the side bolsters provides
contrast and like the perforation of the seat surfaces is a
factor in the sporty-elegant impression. The choice of
colours and materials plays with the extroverted contrasts
of anthracite and white as well as aluminium, and bolsters
both the timeless modernity and avant-garde nature of the
design and the claim of the ConceptS-Class Coupé
to ultimate exclusivity, high quality and perfection.
In this spirit the instrument panel and seats are made from
supple calfskin. The roofliner of the vehicle is made from
hand-woven silk and consequently underscores the exclusive
character of the interior.