A Mercedes-Benz official kills two birds with one stone, confirming the production of the cabriolet version of the new S-Class, which automatically confirms the S-Class Coupe Concept. Test mules of these models have already been spotted out and about.
If the S-Class Coupe Concept is anything to go by, the Mercedes S-Class Cabrio is going to be more than just a chopped-up version of that car. The Coupe itself is totally different than the sedan version, and the Cabrio is expected to differ from its hardtop brother. Sources suggest the old S-Class Ocean Drive Concept as the inspiration behind the new car’s design.
The Mercedes S-Class Cabrio will be a four-seat soft-top car rivaling the likes of Bentley Continental GTC and Maserati GranCabrio. It will be closer to the Bentley than the Maser though, as an S-Class is all about personality and luxury rather than sportiness and exhaust noise, which are the GranCab’s forte.
It is also unlikely for the S-Class Cabrio to get any of the small engine, or the hybrid system, of the S-Class sedan. Chances are it will be available only with the big V8 unit in the standard guise, and turbocharged V8 and V12, respectively, in the S63 and S65 models. The car will play in a limited market, so the production is going to be limited, which means underneath it is going to share an awful lot of parts with its hardtop and four-door siblings.
The Mercedes S-Class Cabrio is expected to be released in 2015.