105.5 hp per liter
Press Release) Official world premiere at Auto China in
Beijing: Mercedes Concept Style Coupé: the style rebel
Stuttgart/Beijing. The heartbeat of a new generation grows stronger
all the time: with its Concept Style Coupé, appearing at this year's
Auto China (23 April to 2 May 2012), Mercedes-Benz will be making a
convincing statement in favour of avantgarde design in the sporty
executive coupé segment.
The four-door coupé is a
rebel when it comes to style: nonconformist, provocative and
masculine. Technical highlights include its striking headlamp design
featuring innovative indicators, the new four-cylinder turbocharged
petrol engine with 155 kW (211 hp) and the all-wheel drive system
"The Concept Style Coupé
is expressive and powerful in its design", said Dr Dieter Zetsche,
Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of
Mercedes-Benz Cars. "We are staking our claim very clearly here.
This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive
segment will have to measure themselves in future."
production-standard Concept Style Coupé sets a new benchmark for
avantgarde design in the executive segment", emphasised Gorden
Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz. "Its breathtaking
proportions, sinewy fluid surfaces and sculptural lines are the
physical expression of our dynamic design idiom."
Following a brief
appearance at the Avant/Garde Diaries event in Los Angeles (20 April
to 6 May 2012), the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé
(length/width/height: 4637/1891/1398 mm) will be celebrating its
official world premiere at Auto China in Beijing (23 April to 2 May
Provocative and masculine: the
sporty proportions and powerfully dynamic design idiom, featuring
the interplay between concave and convex surfaces that is so typical
for Mercedes, give this four-door coupé its unmistakable look.
Among its most striking
features are the way the bonnet with its powerdomes is set right
into the front end assembly, as well as its diamond-look grille,
which follows through on design cues set by the Concept A-CLASS. The
paint finish of the concept vehicle is in Alubeam – a colour that
helps to emphasise the sculptural quality of its lines.
The innovative headlamps
of the Concept Style Coupé are reminiscent of the ever wary, almost
intimidating eyes of a predatory animal. In standby mode they shine
red. The indicatorsare another special feature: when they are
activated, the individual elements light up one after another in a
"Mexican wave" effect.
Three prominent lines
give structure to the vehicle when viewed from the side: the front
structural edge over the wings flows towards the rear end in a
characteristic dropping line. Another, more sinewy line spans the
shoulder muscle above the rear axle, while the third line extends
upward in a sweeping curve from the front wheel towards the rear.
Together, these lines lend more depth and dynamism to the side
profile. The ripple design of the prominent exterior mirrors takes
advantage of the design freedoms enjoyed by a concept car.
The same is true of the
20-inch wheels, with their very sporty turbine design. Perforated
pins on the spokes pick up once again on the diamond-theme of the
radiator grille. The Concept Style Coupé features frameless side
windows and has no B-pillar.
A large panoramic roof
creates a light and airy interior. A metal rib, the shape of which
evokes a roll-over bar, separates the roof from the rear windscreen,
which in turn flows down to merge smoothly into the tail end. The
avantgarde lines of the Coupé are further emphasised by the way the
tail lights, with their metallic-red colouring, taper to a sharp
point both to the front and toward the rear centre. An integrated
dual-flow exhaust system underlines the car's sporty credentials and
gives added width to the tail end. A narrow rear diffuser picks up
again on the dotted pattern of the diamond grille.
High-grade sportiness: the
The interior opens up to
reveal taut, expressively sculptured surfaces. A large carbon-fibre
trim panel spans its full width, giving it the elegance and
distinctively ‘cool’ appeal of a coupé. Standing proud from the
instrument cluster are the two tubes, also in carbon fibre and
individually glazed. When the indicator is activated, a ring lights
up in the tubes.
Flowing back in a long,
continuous wave from the instrument panel is the centre console.
Embedded in this is an intricately designed fan module for the two
rear seats, which also incorporates a stowage compartment.
The world of fashion
provided the inspiration for the colour mix of light grey and
anthracite. A fresh, sporty touch is added by neon green piping and
topstitching, which appear on the instrument panel, steering wheel,
seat and door centre panels, amongst other places.
Fine materials combine
with high-grade workmanship to set a new benchmark for quality.
There has been no stinting on the use of leather, either: the
instrument panel is upholstered in white nubuck leather, providing
an interesting contrast with the anthracite-coloured Alcantara®used
on the upper section of the instrument panel. Suede is used on the
sports steering wheel to ensure better grip. All chrome trim
elements and control panels now for the first time feature a black
anodised finish, as seen on top-of-the-range limited Sports Edition
chronograph watches. The surfaces around the HMI control panel have
the glossy shimmer of black anodised aluminium.
The four integral seats
with integrated head restraints are already familiar from the Sports
version of the new A-Class. An electroplated insert in the upper
part of the seat adds to the impression of lightness and is
The design of the air
vents in the instrument panel evokes an aircraft jet engine. As in
the Concept A-CLASS they are backlit and change colour according to
the temperature set by the occupants for the climate control system.
When cool, fresh air is being brought into the car, they are blue,
but they light up red when the airflow is warm. At a mid-range
temperature setting the vents are illuminated in fluorescent yellow,
and thus match the colour of the piping perfectly.
"Always on", even in the car: the
With COMAND Online and
the various Mercedes-Benz apps developed specifically to be used and
controlled while on the move, as well as with the ability to browse
the internet when the vehicle is stationary, the occupants of the
Concept Style Coupé are "always on" and able to maintain their
digital lifestyle at all times.
Mercedes-Benz is firmly
convinced that the future lies with cloud computing. The software
for the COMAND Online applications is not stored in the vehicle, but
runs off the Daimler Vehicle Backend. The advantage is that the
system can be updated with new applications "over-the-air" (OTA)
through a mobile phone connection, without the car having to be
taken into the workshop. The software is thus always up to date,
irrespective of the development cycles of either the vehicles or the
consumer electronic devices.
Sportiness in tune with the times:
Sporty driving dynamics
coupled with exemplary efficiency are the hallmarks of the engine of
the Concept Style Coupé. Powerful wheel-hub drive is provided by the
2.0-litre version of the new petrol engine generation with 155 kW
(211 hp), combined here with the efficient 4MATIC all-wheel drive
system and the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission.
Among the highlights of
the four-cylinder engine are its direct-injection system with
exhaust gas turbocharging, an enhanced combustion system and
extended stratification ranges for lean-burn operation using
fast-acting injectors for the multiple fuel injections, and
multi-spark ignition according to need.