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2014-02-13 14:35

SA-BOUND: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show and will arrive in SA by November 2014.

STUTTGART, Germany - 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.

The new S-Class Coupe will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show from 6 -16 March and will arrive in South Africa by November 2014, says Mercedes-Benz SA.  The S-Class was launched in SA in November 2013.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe image gallery

The two-door car will be available with a 4663cc V8 bi-turbo engine making 341kW/700Nm, along with a significantly enhanced sound produced by the exhaust system.

The automaker says the two-door coupe can be optionally equipped with the magic body control suspension system with curve tilting function while additional technical features include the head-up display and touch pad feature. However, the highlight is the optional expressive headlights, each featuring 47 Swarovski crystals.

VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz board member of sales and marketing Ola Källenius said: "The Coupe is as exclusive as it gets and is the ultimate in aesthetic sportiness.

“The breath-taking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production model 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."

Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member with responsibility for corporate research and development, said: "The world premiere of the active curve tilting function demonstrates the possibilities offered by Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. 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 magic body control, or better known as the first "suspension with eyes", had its global debut with the launch of the S-Class. There was also a rather cheeky YouTube ad about the automaker's magic body control too in September 2013.

Mercedes-Benz says the curve tilting function allows the coupe to 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 new coupe is available with numerous new driver assist systems such as Pres-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, distronic plus with steer assist and Stop&Go pilot, brake assist system with active lane keeping, adaptive high-beam and night view.

The collision prevention assist system is active when driving at speeds as low as 8km/h, says Mercedes, and if there remains a danger of collision and the driver fails to respond, the system can carry out an autonomous braking manoeuvre at speeds of up to 105km/h.

According to the automaker the system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 50km/h and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40km/h.

More optional goodies includes the air-balance package with "fragrancing" and "ionisation" components, as is the electric armrest heating as a component of the warmth comfort package. If the vehicle is equipped with the optional seat comfort package, the front seats feature a massage function based on the hot-stone principle.

And what’s a fancy Merc without a rocking sound system? The Coupe features the Burmester surround sound system.

Pricing and more details will be available closer to the time of the local launch of the S-Class Coupe in SA.
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