At the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has stepped into one of the newest frontiers for the SUV – the coupé. The fascinating study combines on-road performance with the typical off-road competence of a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
The four-door, all-wheel drive coupé study extends elegantly to a length of almost five meters and, with broad shoulders and flared wheel arches, stands a good two meters wide. The low roofline, the power domes on the hood, design of the rear windshield and the finned grille with its centrally positioned star embody the typical character of a Mercedes sport coupé. Its muscular fenders, substantial wheel arches, mighty 22-inch wheels, high waistline and generous ground clearance emphasize the SUV side of this innovative concept car.
Examples include the standard-fit air suspension and the intelligent networking of the drivetrain, chassis and interior. This combination delivers a highly exclusive driving experience both on and off the road. Propulsion is provided by a powerful and efficient V6 biturbo engine, coupled to the new Mercedes-Benz nine-speed automatic transmission. With four different handling programs and an individually programmable setup, the ”Dynamic Select Control” system provides the best configuration for every driving situation.
”The Chinese word for Benz is ‘ben-chi’ and also means ‘gallop’. And that is exactly what we have been doing here in China – in keeping with the ‘year of the horse’ – since the start of the first quarter, which we have completed very successfully with a sales increase of 47 percent. Today, we are presenting a very special car; our Concept Coupé SUV demonstrates that Mercedes is still galloping in the fast lane. There are, of course, already a number of SUV crossovers on the market. But we have opted for a different, more distinctive approach: Our starting point was a thoroughly sporty coupé, to which we have added our comprehensive off-road expertise.” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, at Auto China in Beijing.
Photos: Daimler AG