Luxurious convertible version of the latest Mercedes S-class confirmed; set to take on the Bentley Continental GTC later in 2015
14 January 2015

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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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.

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