Mercedes to Expand S-Class with Coupe and Convertible

With stronger competition coming from the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is giving its next-generation S-Class coupe and sedan an added dose of styling adrenaline.

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and coupe will debut sometime in 2014, but each one has high expectations to meet if they are to remain at the top of the luxury class. Autocar is now bringing us some new details about the upcoming S-Class lineup, claiming that it will include five models in three different body styles and wheelbase lengths. With the recent discontinuation of its uber luxury Maybach brand, Mercedes is aiming the S-Class sedan to help fill this market gap.

It will therefore be given a more "stately stature with standard-, long-wheelbase and extra-long-wheelbase forms." The latter will specifically target the likes of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. The new S-Class coupe, however, will effectively replace the rather conservative-looking CL. It'll feature more muscular styling in an effort to go after the hot-selling Continental GT. A Mercedes insider claims it will get "less of a two-door saloon look...a more aggressive front and added structure to the flanks." About six months after the coupe is unveiled, a convertible variant will arrive to battle the Continental GTC.

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