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Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupé SUV: Sporty Coupé at the highest level

With the Concept Coupé SÚV, Mercedes-Benz is raising the standard to a new, higher level in literally multiple respects. This extremely sporty study impresses as a typical representative of the long-standing coupé tradition at Mercedes-Benz, wîth a flowing side line, stretched greenhouse and striking radiator grille wîth central chrome louvre. At the same time the Concept Coupé SÚV stands out wîth its muscular wings, large wheel arches, imposing 22-inch wheels, high beltline and generous ground clearance. Its dynamic handling on the road is also on a superior level. Not only thanks to air suspension, but also to the networking of the powertrain, suspension and interior that it realises. The variable dynamic control system 'Dynamic Select Control' provides four fundamentally different transmission modes and an individually programmable setup.

'Sensual as a coupé – visionary as an SÚV,' is the succinct choice of words used by Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, to describe the physiognomy of the Concept Coupé SÚV. The four-door, all-wheel drive Coupé has a length of almost five metres, and an imposing width of a good two metres thanks to its broad shoulders and flared wheel arches. At the same time it has a modest height of around 1.75 metres, exhibiting the flat, extended roofline that is typical of a sports coupé. 'The Concept Coupé SÚV stands out thanks to its extreme proportions and in doing so interprets our hallmark Mercedes coupé design idiom perfectly. With its superior sportiness it conveys a sense of modern luxury and aesthetic aspirations of sensual clarity', continues Gorden Wagener. Like the recessed door handles, frameless side windows blend perfectly into the vehicle flanks to accentuate the coupé-like character even

further. In line wîth a tradition and like all recent study vehicles, the Concept Coupé SÚV is painted in the 'ALÚ-BEAM' paint finish, which is also reminiscent of the technically ground-breaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s.

The upright sports grille wîth single louvre, framed by the three-dimensionally designed modern, all-LED Multibeam headlamps, is the major feature of the front end wîth its short, stylish overhang. Soft cubes dominate the grille insert, and the forward-sloping bonnet wîth its typical Mercedes power domes underlines the membership of the Concept Coupé SÚV in the line-up of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models. A discreet reference to the SÚV genes of this study is provided by the harmoniously integrated, illuminated side sills, which are reminiscent of the running boards found on classic SÚVs or off-roaders. Indicators have always pointed the way in the best sense of the word, however in the Concept Coupé SÚV they take on a new form. The direction indicators operate wîth a moving digital light band whose lighting elements light up sequentially from inside to outside, indicating the change in direction in two ways.

Elegant rear end: in the style of the S-Class CoupéThe coupé-like nature of the Concept Coupé SÚV is also emphasised by the design of the rear end wîth its obvious elements of the design line first presented wîth the S-Class Coupé, which will be followed by all coupé models from Mercedes-Benz in future. The styling characteristics of this include the slim band of rear lights wîth their ruby-like, three-dimensional look and the registration plate now incorporated into the rear bumper. Another feature that has for generations distinguished the large coupé models from Mercedes-Benz is the typical shape of the rear window which is rounded off at the top. A discreet SÚV reference is made by the simulated underguard into which the tailpipes of the dual-flow exhaust system are integrated. Polished aluminium predominates here, as on the integral door handles, the side sills, the front air intakes and the edging of the greenhouse.

Wide, flush-fitted 22-inch wheels wîth tyres in size 305/45 R 22 make the vehicle sit squarely on the road, and leave no doubt about the passion of the Concept Coupé SÚV: at very first glance this trailblazing study signals its sporty, dynamic ambitions.

Haute Couture: the Mercedes-Benz coupé range

Developing and creating new model families and vehicle classes has traditionally been one of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the automobile. This is particularly obvious in the history of its coupés, and most especially in the very recent past. Models such as the four-door Coupés or the Shooting Brakes in the CLS-Class have not only created completely new vehicle classes, but have also had a lasting influence on the model policies of different manufacturers, found numerous imitators and proved to be an outstanding sales success. The same can be said of the CLA-Class, which has been able to transfer the success of the CLS into the compact class and is also extraordinarily popular wîth customers. With the Concept Coupé SÚV, Mercedes-Benz is now taking a similar approach. The study follows this coupé theme within the SÚV sector consistently and demonstrates how a four-door, all-wheel drive series production coupé might look.

Concept Coupé SÚV – pilot project for new SÚV worlds

As a compact all-rounder, the GLA has already translated the suggestion of a coupé-like design idiom into an SÚV format, thereby giving indications of a new SÚV line from Mercedes-Benz which the Concept Coupé SÚV now fully brings to perfection. With this concept car, Mercedes-Benz is announcing the possible expansion of the previously uniform SÚV off-roader family:

•The Concept Coupé SÚV illustrates the possibilities of a more sporty and dynamic 'on-road line'.

•The model families of the GLA, GLK, M, GL and G-Class stand for a versatile and superior 'off-road line'.

This presents customers wîth definite advantages, as they are able to order a vehicle specifically meeting their needs and wishes.

Source - Mercedes-Benz
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