Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Sketch (10)Behold the S-Class Coupe (sketches). The CL replacement has been highly anticipated since the initial hint of Coupe and Convertible development on the platform.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Sketch (2)These sketches appear to indicate Mercedes-Benz intends to deliver a fully appropriate successor to the outgoing CL.

mercedes-benz CLEssentially incomparable, the CL could be considered the quintessential luxury coupe. It has all the necessary ingredients in abundance: dashing good looks, powerful drivetrain, excellent road manners, room for four full-sized humans, creature-comforts galore. Materials, fit, and finish are superb–as they should be in a Mercedes.

2012-CL-no-B-pillarAll that and no B-Pillar; the A-to-C cant rail swoop is almost a CL trademark and is the hallmark of a “true coupe”.

But in a world of poseurs, near-luxury brands, and entry-level luxury cars, it felt almost… old-fashioned.

2012-CL-interior closeup

Old-fashioned, in a good way, but still.

After viewing the upcoming S-Class, one gets the impression that Daimler-Benz finally admitted defeat with the Maybach and refocused efforts and budgets on making the S-Class what it’s supposed to be.

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse (W 222) 2013This carrying over to the S-Coupe seems to mean we will be quite pleased with the results.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Sketch (6)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Sketch (8)Abandoning the equity of the CL badge is my only lament… and it’s a small one. The modification in nomenclature helps to streamline the brand, encourage consumers, and has actually already started with the E-Coupe and Cab supplanting the CLK.  If anything, it somewhat cements the CL and CLK into the annals of automotive history, perhaps to be revived again in 25 years…

In any event, enjoy the sketch gallery provided by Daimler-Benz while we await the genuine article’s debut in Frankfurt:

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