The Mercedes-Benz Concept S Class Coupe
was one of the most interesting and attractive debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. Now it looks like it will be joined by a two-door S Class Convertible, as a production model.
Having already captured spy shots of the car in testing
, this comes as no surprise to us--in fact, we've known about it for nearly a year. But confirmation from Thomas Weber, Mercedes-Benz's product development chief, via Automotive News
(subscription required), tells us it will be headed to production.
Along with the convertible confirmation, we also get a timeline for the S Class Coupe: it should hit the European market in early 2014, followed by the S Class Convertible a year later. U.S. sales should follow shortly after European sales in both cases.
If the idea of an S Class Convertible sounds quite a lot like an SL Class
, you're not alone, but with markedly different styling and likely different focuses on equipment, performance, and technology, the S Class Convertible is aiming to carve out its own niche in the high-end luxury drop-top segment.
While specifics on the S Class Convertible aren't yet available, we expect the car to offer a similar set of drivetrains to the S Class sedan
, including a twin-turbo, 429-horsepower V-8 in the S550, and possibly a V-12-powered S600 version. Hybrid and AMG variants are also possible.