Mercedes Benz new avant garde concept
Rob Houglum CarRental99.com Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Mercedes-Benz is using this week's Beijing Motor Show to reveal its move toward an avant garde design with its Idea Style Coupe.
The sporty four-door model highlights male looks with striking headlamps and innovative signals while revealing the new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 155kW ( 211hp ) and the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
"The Concept Style Coupe is demonstrative and powerful in its design," claimed Doctor Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the board of management of Daimler and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive segment will need to measure themselves in future."
Among the coupe's most striking features are the way the bonnet with its powerdomes is set right into the front-end assembly together with 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 - which helps emphasise the sculptural quality of its lines.
The innovative headlights of the Concept Style Coupe shine red when in standby mode while the signals have individual points of light that light up in succession, like a piano keyboard.
3 outstanding lines give structure to the auto 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 spindle, while the 3rd line extends upward in a sweeping curve from the front wheel toward the rear. Together, these lines lend more depth and dynamism on the side profile. The ripple design of the prominent exterior mirrors takes advantage of the design freedoms enjoyed by a concept car.
A large breathtaking roof creates a light and ethereal interior while 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 combine smoothly into the tail end.
The avant garde lines of the automobile are further emphasized by the way in which the tail lights, with their metallic-red colouring, taper to a sharp point both to the front and toward the rear centre.
Within the vehicle, the instrument panel has a giant carbon-fibre trim panel that spans its full width while standing out from the instrument cluster are the two tubes, in a similar way in carbon fibre and individually glazed. When the indicator is in use, a ring lights up in the tubes.
Flowing back in a long, constant wave from the instrument panel is the centre console.
Embedded in this is an intricately designed fan module for the 2 rear seats, which also incorporates a stowage compartment.
The 4 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 illuminated.
The Tenet Style Coupe draws power from a 2-litre version of the new petrol engine generation with 155 kW ( 211 hp ), mixed with the efficient 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and the seven-speed dual clutch automated transmission.
Among the highlights of the 4 cylinder engine are its direct-injection system with exhaust gas turbocharging, an enhanced combustion system and multi-spark ignition according to need.
2012 China Motor Show in Beijing Mercedes-Benz' Concept Style Coupé makes its debut in Beijing.
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