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As everyone is busy picking up their jaws off the floor at the sight of the new W222 S-Class, here’s a preview of its two-door cousin, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. This is essentially the new CL-Class but with a new name, following the trend set by the C and E-Class Coupes.

Our European lensmen CarPix took these photos of the car undergoing tests with is sleek new profile in full display. The shoulder line looks unusually high, leaving just a sliver of room for the glasshouse. Expect the deep sides panels to carry complex curves seen on S-Class.

While the front end looks to be a copy of the sedan bar the addition of a centre-mounted star, the rear appears to be a completely unique design. The light clusters are set in a horizontal orientation, unlike the sedan’s vertical units.

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Traditionally the S-Class-based coupe is offered exclusively with the sedan’s top V8 and V12 engines, i.e. S 500 and S 600, plus more hardcore S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG models. In any case, this will be more of a boulevardier than a track weapon; a cruiser not a bruiser if you must. There’s always the SLS AMG GT if you find this too blunt for your taste.

Technology wise, expect it to have all the fancy bits from the sedan, dressed in a more coupe-appropriate interior. We’ll likely have to wait till the Geneva Motor Show next year to see the new S-Class Coupe in full, sparing the Bentley Continental GT of misery for a few more months.