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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/23/2014 Karla Sanchez

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is gorgeous from just about every angle you look at it, but even though the car is completely new to the lineup, it's not an entirely new concept. The S-Class Coupe is replacing the out-going Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, which was basically a two-door version of the flagship sedan. Below, we take a closer look at what makes the CL-Class and S-Class Coupe so different besides the name.

2015 Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe Front Side Motion View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe Front Side Motion View

From the front, it's no surprise to see the new face of Mercedes on the S-Class Coupe with the same diamond-pattern grille that first appeared on the CLA. Benz designers also pinned back the headlights and angled them in towards the grille, making the S-Class Coupe look meaner than its predecessor. Like the upper fascia, the lower fascia has been reworked, with softer edges around the lower air dam. More sharply contoured character lines on the hood give the S-Class Coupe an aggressive appearance.

A sharp crease that runs along the bottom of the S-Class Coupe's side panels rises from the front tire to the rear tire, giving it a more muscular look compared to the CL-Class. It's also from this angle that you can see the S-Class Coupe has a lower greenhouse and stretched-out roofline that extends out into an elongated rear. The windows are also much smaller than the CL's.

Major changes continue out back, where the taillights are now split into two pieces onto the rear quarter panels and trunklid. They've been squashed and stretched out, while the chrome accent that extended over the license plate housing on the CL now extends over the tailiights. The top of the trunklid has also been smoothed out, as well as the lower bumper to create a more fluid appearance. Also new on the S-Class Coupe are the sheetmetal folds on the outer edges of the lower bumper.

Interior updates aren't that surprising, since we've seen the usual design language in several Mercs now. The HVAC vents replace the outgoing car's rectangular ones, and the dashboard lining is looks more uniform since it extends over the larger infotainment screen. The S-Class Coupe's interior also looks much sportier than the CL's thanks to the flat-bottom steering wheel.

What do you think about the S-Class Coupe? Do you think Mercedes succeeded in replacing the entire CL-Class with the S-Class Coupe? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week's edition of Refreshing or Revolting focused on the 2015 Dodge Challenger, and even though changes were very subtle, most readers found them to be an improvement.

"Refreshing for sure. I'm glad Chrysler didn't do a major overhaul with the exterior but totally reinvented the interior because that was this car's biggest let down," said itsjessebaby.

Mozeby was in agreement, saying, "I love it. It still turns heads 6-7 years after it first came out, and they're not on every corner like the Camaro and Mustang."

"Best exterior and interior design of the modern pony cars. It's clean lines and solid look are timeless. This will still look cool in 2035," said skyguy.

Even those that didn't find the update to be refreshing didn't have extremely negative things to say, like Harvey- 4 who said, "Can't say it's refreshing if I still like the old one. The updates are welcome, though, especially for the rear and interior."

"There is absolutely, positively nothing refreshing about this car, but it's hotter than lava. It's the only Chrysler I like, and boy do I like it," said The NABG.


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