Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz product development boss Thomas Weber has confirmed to Automotive News a convertible based on the S-Class Coupe Concept from the recent Frankfurt show (pictured). The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible should arrive in 2015, after the production S-Class Coupe goes on sale in 2014.

Being an S-Class by name, the convertible shouldn’t skimp on luxury and comfort – think Bentley Continental GTC rather than the SL-Class. It should seat four as well, so it wouldn’t clash with the sportier SL. Also, unlike the SL, the S-Class Convertible will have a fabric roof; although it could share the former’s twin-turbo V8 and V12 powerplants.

For an idea of how a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible could shape up, look no further than the 2006 Concept Ocean Drive, which had four doors and Airscarf for all occupants. The neck-level heating for all four seats could make it to the production convertible, but a four-door is unlikely, at least for now.

The last S-Class convertible was the W111 cabriolet, which came in 220 SE, 250 SE, 280 SE and 280 SE 3.5 versions between 1961 and 1971.