Mercedes-Benz is previewing its upcoming new four-door coupe that will be smaller than the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The Concept Style Coupe is debuting next week at this year’s Auto China in Beijing. According to Mercedes-benz, the four-door coupe is a rebel when it comes to style: nonconformist, provocative and masculine.
“The Concept Style Coupé is expressive and powerful in its design”, said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are staking our claim very clearly here. This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive segment will have to measure themselves in future.”
The styling of the Concept Style Coupe borrows heavily from the Concept A-Class that Mercedes-Benz unveiled last year and the CLS four-door coupe. Among its most striking features is the way the hood, with its power domes, is set right into the front end assembly. The innovative headlamps of the Concept Style Coupe are reminiscent of the intimidating eyes of a predatory animal. In standby mode they shine red. Another special feature are the indicators: individual points of light light up in succession, similar to a piano keyboard. The Concept Style Coupe also features frameless side windows and has no B-pillar.
“The almost production-standard Concept Style Coupé sets a new benchmark for avantgarde design in the executive segment”, emphasized Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz. “Its breathtaking proportions, sinewy fluid surfaces and sculptural lines are the physical expression of our dynamic design idiom.”
The Concept Style Coupe is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 208 horsepower that is mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission and the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
The production version of the Concept Style Coupe will be based on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the new A-Class and B-Class models and is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in 2013.
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