All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabrio revealed

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabrio, the sixth member of the gradually expanding S-Class line-up is revealed. Our illustration shows the definitive look of Mercedes’ biggest convertible.

Based on the S-Class Coupe, the new S-Class Cabrio joins the recently launched Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, the long and short-wheelbase sedans, in what is set to become the most extensive luxury line-up in the industry.

The new S-Class variant features a conventional soft-top. Given its size and weight related issues, the solution of a rigid retractable roof has been dismissed for packaging reasons. The first spy pictures clearly reveal a design virtually lifted straight from the Coupe, sans the fixed roof. The proportions are slightly altered, of course, in close relation to the revision of the rear-end and boot-lid, easy to spot despite the light camouflage present.

The engine range will also mimic the S-Class Coupe’s current line-up. As a result, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabrio is set to be available in V8-guise only. Two options will be on offer, the already-known 4,7-litre bi-turbo credited with 455 HP and 700 Nm (449 HP and 516 lb-ft for the American market) and the top-of-the range 5,5-litre AMG variant with 577 HP.

The new model marks an important turn point for Mercedes’ product strategy. For the first time since the big convertibles of the pre-WW2 era, the German brand returns to the top echelon of the luxury class with an open-top flagship model. Commercial debut is slated for early next year.

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