A new Mercedes-Benz S-class cabriolet will be launched later this year, it has been confirmed.
Speaking at the first drive of the Mercedes-Maybach S600, Martin Hulder, project manager for the S-class, said: "I can confirm that there will be a car for star gazers later in the year."
The car had only previously been seen in disguised form. Spy shots reveal that the S-class cabriolet will make use of a folding soft-top roof.
The Mercedes S-class cabriolet will open up a fresh niche for large luxury 2+2 soft-tops, occupying territory close to the Bentley Continental GTC.
The camouflaged prototype pictured here fails to disguise 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.
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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