Camouflaged version of the latest Mercedes S-Class spotted testing; set to take on the Bentley Continental GTC later in 2015

The forthcoming Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet has been spotted testing, having shed some of its disguise.

The car is set to be launched towards the end of this year, before going on sale in early 2016. It is expected to be offered with a similar engine line-up as the S-Class Coupé, with a selection of V8 and V12 petrol engines. The V6 engines will be omitted from the range.

By keeping the engine range exclusive and high-end, it will provide Mercedes with a rival to the likes of the Bentley Continental GTC.

The spy shots show that the cabriolet will come with a folding soft-top roof and take many of its styling cues from the S-Class Coupé, including its tail-lights. However, it is is expected to feature a different bootlid and will feature mild styling changes to accommodate its roof-folding mechanism.

Also clear is the heavily raked windscreen (shared with the S-Class Coupé) and the large rear quarterlight window, which gives an indication that the rear cabin will be relatively generous for a soft-top. Early prototypes for the new model had been seen as far back as 2012.

Compared with the E-Class Cabriolet, the S-Class will have a roomier, higher-quality cabin, which will be part of its appeal to owners who want the space to carry a pair of adult passengers in open-top luxury.

Mercedes has previously floated the idea of a luxury soft-top in the shape of the 2006 Ocean Drive concept, although that experimented with four-door styling.

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8 August 2014
Mercedes should have stuck to their guns and made the Ocean Drive concept a reality with a four-door drophead to give it a true USP. They could have had pop up bollards in the B-post in case of a roll over as well as ones in the backseat for the sake of safety. Instead they just went the "me too" route and the world is still a bit dull as a result.

8 July 2015
Given that this will, I imagine, cost a six-figure sum, how can Mercedes-Benz justify making it look EXACTLY like the forthcoming C-class cabriolet, albeit scaled up by 25%. If I were in the market for such a car, I would want far more distinctiveness and exclusivity. That generic front end, shared with everything from the A-class upward, looks cheap, plastic-y and unworthy of a very expensive luxury coupe or cabriolet. The shut line between the bonnet, wings and nose is too wide and will always look uneven as the angle changes around its perimeter. I'm sure it will be a technical tour de force, but its appearance is another major disappointment, IMHO.


8 July 2015
Agree with Daniel Joseph about MB's panel gap problems. If MB can't or won't reduce the width and inconsistency of its panel gap, why then, in this model, does the perimeter of the bonnet continued by the body metal (rather than have the edge of the bonnet stopped by eg. headlamps & grille) as a result of which the problem appears worse? In any case, this kind of bonnet detailing is ugly irrespective of tightness of shutline, but many manufacturers are doing it.

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