Luxurious convertible version of the latest Mercedes S-Class confirmed; set to take on the Bentley Continental GTC later in 2015
13 March 2015

A new Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet will be launched towards the end of this year, it has been confirmed, as these latest spy pictures show the car in winter testing.

Speaking at the launch 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 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.

These latest spy shots reveal that the S-Class cabriolet will make use of a folding soft-top roof, and will take many of its styling cues from the S-Class coupé.

At the rear, the Cabriolet is expected to feature a different boot lid 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.

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