Mercedes-Benz will complete its S-class family with the sixth and final derivative of its flagship sedan next year, when it launches its first top-of-the-line four seat convertible since 1971.
The S-class cabriolet will be “the world’s most comfortable convertible,” Mercedes parent Daimler said in a statement today.
The convertible is largely based on the sporty S-class coupe, with which it shares about 60 percent of its bodyshell components and the same 2.95 meter wheelbase. It joins the other four variants, the short and long S-class sedans, as well as the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 and Maybach S 600 Pullman versions.
Daimler said the roughly 7,000 cabrios built over the 10-year lifespan of the W111 between 1961 and 1971 are among the most sought-after classic cars with prices appreciating sharply, demonstrating the strength of demand for these large niche convertibles compared to the broader malaise in smaller two-seat roadsters.
“After 44 years we can finally offer our fans another open top version of the S class,” Mercedes sales and marketing chief Ola Kallenius said in the statement, published ahead of this month’s Frankfurt auto show where the cabriolet will debut.
Mercedes said the cabriolet is “exceptionally rigid” in the body to reduce noise, vibration and harshness in order to ensure it drives like a closed car.
Comfort features will include an automatic wind protection system, heated armrests, heated seating in the front and rear and a neck-level heating system, which extends the convertible season by enabling comfortable open-top driving even at low outside temperatures.
To compensate for the added weight associated with reinforcing the passenger compartment because of the missing B-column, developers used aluminum and magnesium in places like the bulkhead of the luggage compartment to reduce the bodyshell’s weight to that of the S-class coupe.