Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles (NBK Automobiles), the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, unveiled the greatly anticipated Concept S-class Coupe at the opening day of the 2014 edition of the Qatar International Motor Show in the presence of Sheikh Nawaf Bin Nasser Bin Khaled Al–Thani, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nasser Bin Khaled, senior officials of the company and members of the press. Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and fans of the brand will able to see this exclusive model for the first time in Qatar at the NBK Automobiles pavilion of the exhibition.
Khaled Shaaban, General Manager of NBK Automobiles, said: “We are proud to be able to present this top-of–the-line concept at the 2014 Qatar Motor Show. With its gorgeous appearance and self-assured style it embodies the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz for the next generation – purity as an expression of modern luxury.”
The new Concept S-Class Coupé is the embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy. The exterior is characterised by typical rear-wheel drive proportions, which are emphasised by the Mercedes characteristic dropping line. The long bonnet, the cowering greenhouse, the wheel arches and the 21-inch wheels (tyres at front 265/35 R 21, at rear 295/35 R 21) and make the S-Class Coupé a masterpiece of automotive refinement. With a wheelbase of 2945 mm the coupé measures 5050 mm in length, 1958 mm in width and 1409 mm in height.
From the side, the vehicle is marked by the dropping lines deliberately simplified, the dome-shaped stretched roof line and the frameless doors. An elegant chrome frame surrounds the glass areas uninterrupted by B-pillars, underscoring the typical Mercedes coupé look. The front of the vehicle is marked by a diamond radiator grille with rectangular, chrome-plated elements. It bears the central Mercedes star and one blade. The diamond-look of the headlamps and the tail lamps underline the luxury of the show car. A muscle above the rear axle generates a sense of dynamism even at a standstill.
Elegance and simplicity also characterise the interior, which is dominated by flowing lines. The white instrument panel has a curved shape and seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design that continues in the door panels. The ventilation nozzles with a ceramics-like appearance have a futuristic design: fins that route the air stream surround an oblong hole. The aluminium control elements have a functional and clean design, and contrast the organic shapes that surround them. On top of the free-form surface under a reduced hood are the 30.7-cm screens. The colour scheme of the displays is bluish. A touch screen showing four world clocks is located on the centre console. The central command unit on the centre console has a “black diamond” finish and looks like a shiny jewel. The door panels of the S-Class Coupé are made from aluminium. Like the entire interior the seats are designed in a dynamic and natural flow.
The choice of colours and materials contrasts anthracite and white as well as aluminium. The instrument panel and seats are made from calfskin, while the roofliner is in hand-woven silk underscoring the exclusive character of the interior.
The Concept S-Class Coupé is powered by a V8 Biturbo engine, producing 335 kW (455 hp) from a displacement of 4663 cc. The peak torque is 700 Nm. The S-Class Coupé is equipped with the “Intelligent Drive” technology from Mercedes-Benz. With two “camera eyes”, the vehicle provides a 3D view of the area up to about 50 metres in its front, while “6DVision” can detect the position and movement of objects. It monitors the surroundings ahead of the vehicle over a range of up to 500 metres. These data are combined with the data from the radar and ultrasound sensors. A multitude of assistance systems monitors the surrounding traffic for the driver. The suspension also has a new stereo camera, which can detect surface undulations in advance activating MAGIC BODY CONTROL to adjust the suspension for the situation.
The infotainment system also meets the highest standards: the MoodGrid software from music recognition service Gracenote makes it possible to listen to whatever music fits the mood. Finding suitable songs no longer requires the driver and passengers of the Concept S-Class Coupé to search through their collections of digital music. Based on a selected mood the software compiles a pre-selection of songs. This compilation not only includes familiar songs, but music from a catalogue containing 18 million tracks – adapted to the individual taste and mood. The navigation system based on the Garmin NaviCore also offers more convenient orientation with a modern design and a 3D view.
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