Given that the forthcoming S-class cabriolet will threaten to cannibalize exactly nothing in the Mercedes lineup, Benz is taking some unusual liberties with the car. The most obvious so far is “leaking” a detailed sketch that shows both the interior and the exterior styling.
Due on sale here next year, the S-class cabriolet will be the first S convertible since 1971, and it will be available with all the usual S-class engines and with both all- and rear-wheel drive. It’s also the sixth variant spun off the current-gen S-class, enough to nearly stretch end to end across Vatican City. The cabriolet will join the sedan (W222), the long-wheelbase sedan (V222), the superlong Mercedes-Maybach (X222), the relatively short coupe (C217), and the oh-no-they-didn’t mega-stretched Pullman.
The sketch shows that the droptop will share much of its aesthetic with the gorgeous coupe, including the sloping, chamfered rear; scalloped sides; and semi-clamshell hood. The open-air car, however, will feature a reinforced set of A-pillars to keep it in line with its siblings in terms of crash safety.
A full four-seater, the center console will flow between the front occupants and into the rear compartment, and the car will carry over the S-class coupe’s highly attractive dashboard. The W222 S-class was launched in 2013 and Benz delivered more than 100,000 of them last year, outstripping competitors like Audi’s A8, BMW’s 7-series, Jaguar’s XJ, and the Lexus LS.
There have been rumors that the car might be shown first in China, but convertible buyers are likely to prefer breathable air, so look for it to appear in the metal as soon as the Frankfurt show next month.