The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
The new Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet was caught under testing guise in early November. The new redesigned S-Class cabriolet will be launching in 2014, a year after the standard saloon is to be released. Pictures of the vehicle have been brandished about the internet, developing a great deal of interest.
There has been speculation that a convertible S-Class will be released ever since the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Here an Ocean Drive Concept car was unveiled, looking spectacular and triggering rumours. There are some differences however, including a change in body shape. The S-Class Cabriolet will come with only two doors. The Ocean Drive had four doors.
Testing shots saw the vehicle with a hard top. Experts believe that the soft top will be available eventually when the car is released.
The reasoning behind a new cabriolet model being added to the line-up is down to the fact that the luxury brand Maybach has been discontinued. In order to compensate for that, Mercedes are upgrading their own vehicles, adding more luxury and mirroring some conventional Maybach features.
Don’t expect to stop here. We will see more models added to the range including a larger sized Pullman Limo, a limo type larger wheelbase S-Class along with a brand new Coupe to replace the CL class.
Mercedes rear wheel architecture will be inserted into the cabriolet, under the name “The MRA Platform”. This platform will be introduced with the first S-Class saloon model. The new system comes with a brand new four link suspension design, helping to make the steering, braking and damping forces independent from each other. Mercedes have heavily thought about the weight of the architecture, making it at light as possible, consisting of steel and plenty of aluminium.
The Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is likely to mirror the saloon model. Expect a V8 outputting around 429 BHP for the S550 variant. The S600 model will come with a V12 engine capable of achieving 510 BHP. It is not yet known as to whether the vehicle will come with a diesel or hybrid engine.
The suspension system is extremely intelligent. This anticipates the road ahead and adjusts the suspension settings to suit whatever road conditions are ahead. At times the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet will be able to drive itself, thanks to an autonomous driving traffic assistant which follows slow moving traffic itself.