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.
These sketches appear to indicate Mercedes-Benz intends to deliver a fully appropriate successor to the outgoing CL.
Essentially 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.
But in a world of poseurs, near-luxury brands, and entry-level luxury cars, it felt almost… old-fashioned.
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.
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…