These are the latest spy shots of the upcoming convertible version of Mercedes-Benz's S-Class Coupe
, which we recently drove in high-performance S63 AMG flavor
. A convertible S-Class has been rumored ever since the unveiling of the stunning Ocean Drive concept
at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, but unlike the concept, which had four doors, the production S-Class convertible, which Mercedes will likely call an S-Class Cabriolet, will feature two doors and a conventional soft-top.
The addition of new, more premium S-Class variants is part of Mercedes’ plans to expand into the ultra-luxury segment now that Maybach has been discontinued. In addition to the regular sedan, a short-wheelbase model is offered overseas and soon a stretched Maybach model
and extra-long Pullman limo
will join the fold. Then there is the CL-replacing S-Class Coupe and this new S-Class Cabrio.
The engine lineup should match that of the S-Class Coupe, which in the U.S. means a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 coming in S550 trim. Peak output should register at 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and it’s likely 4MATIC all-wheel drive will come standard in the States. We’re not expecting an AMG version of the S-Class Cabrio, although it is a possibility.
As with any S-Class, however, the experience is about more than just power and style. There's the lab full of equipment that's tucked behind the scenes, too. Advanced technology we can expect on the car will include active suspension that reads the road ahead and automatically adjusts the damping, an autonomous-driving traffic assistant that can follow a chain of traffic by itself, plus new interface and connectivity systems. The interior, in particular, will be very special, as evidenced by the cabin of the S-Class Coupe.
Look out for sales debut of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet in the second half of 2015, which means it will likely list as a 2016 model. Key rivals will be the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Bentley Continental GTC and Maserati GranTurismo Convertible.