It wasn’t exactly a secret that Mercedes-Benz was planning a convertible version of the new S-Class, but now it’s official. Mercedes-Benz product development boss Thomas Weber told Automotive News that the automaker will build a convertible version of its new flagship sedan.
The executive said the model will be based on the S-Class Coupe concept showcased at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. He revealed that the production version of the S-Class coupe will go on sale in early 2014 in Europe, while the convertible is expected to arrive about a year later. In the U.S., both models should arrive shortly after.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible will feature a fabric top and will be offered with twin-turbocharged V8 and V12 engines. It will be the first open-top S-Class since the W111 Cabriolet, sold between 1961 and 1971.
Basically, this means the S-Class cabriolet will be a two-door and not a four-door, as it was rumored before (unless they’re planning to do both…). You may remember that in 2007 Mercedes-Benz revealed a four-door convertible study called Ocean Drive, which was based on the previous-generation W221 S-Class. This concept led many to assume Mercedes will build a four-door S-Class cabriolet.
It remains to be seen how Mercedes-Benz will market the S-Class cabriolet, since the brand already has a luxurious convertible in its lineup, the SL roadster. However, the SL only offers two seats, while the S-Class cabriolet will likely offer four real seats and will be oriented more on comfort and luxury than on sportiness.
By Dan Mihalascu