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Mercedes has high expectations for S-class coupe

Mercedes has high expectations for S-class coupe

Mercedes-Benz expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will double sales of the S-class coupe compared with the model it replaces, the CL.

In keeping with the brand’s tradition, the coupe has technology not offered in other Mercedes models, in this case a suspension system with a curve tilting function.

“The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist,” said Hermann Storp, chief developer for the S-class line. “Our aim was not a higher cornering speed but more comfort and fun for the driver,” he said.

Mercedes decided to drop the CL name for the coupe version of the S class because some customers confused the CL with the smaller CLS coupe-styled four-door sedan, which is based on the E class.

Mercedes expects the S-class coupe’s annual sales to be about 10 percent of the total volume of the S-class line, which would mean sales of between 8,000 and 10,000 units for the coupe.

The coupe is the third variant of the new S class after the base version and an extended wheelbase variant both went on sale last year. A convertible is also planned.