In the current line-up, the two-door S-Class is badged the CL, but Mercedes is hoping to make its range easier to follow, as it prepares to release six cars based on the forthcoming new S-Class platform.
The Coupe in our picture will be launched in early 2014, after the standard S-Class saloon goes on sale in the UK in September. It will feature the same safety kit that was developed for the S-Class, which debuted in the facelifted E-Class.
This includes an improved adaptive cruise control system which can steer the car for the driver, better detection of crossing traffic for the emergency brake assist system and LED headlights which can flash to highlight pedestrians who might step out in front of the car in the dark.
As well as a new name, the S-Class Coupe will feature more design differentiation than between the current S-Class and CL, including more sweeping headlights, a more dramatically sloping roofline and curved bootlid.
The S-Class line-up will grow to include six models, a move that was confirmed by Mercedes CEO, Dr Dieter Zetsche: "2013 is the year of the all-new S-Class. Our ambition to lead is embodied by this new car," Zetsche told us. "We will grow the S-Class family to include six models - and the debut is just a few months away."
In addition to the S-Class saloon and S-Class Coupe, Mercedes will offer a convertible for the first time, recalling Mercedes’ Ocean Drive concept of 2007.
The brand is also planning a shooting brake estate S-Class, and long-wheelbase and super-stretched Pullman versions of the saloon - the latter in response to the demise of the Maybach brand.