2016 Mercedes S Class Cabriolet teased via official rendering

Upcoming 2016 Mercedes S Class Cabriolet is the first flagship four seater convertible to be created by the brand since W111 series open top S-Class derivative ceased production in 1971. The latest member of the ever expanding S Class family (currently has 5 derivatives) will make its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show next month and the company has released an official teaser sketch.

While the prototypes of the cabriolet were spotted testing earlier with their soft tops on, the rendering shows the uber luxury automobile with its top down. As far as design cues are concerned, it’s essentially a S Coupe sans roof and pillars. Interior too is shared with other members of the flagship family. A flat bottomed steering wheel and sports seats are the highlights.

2015 Mercedes S 63 AMG Coupe India
S Class Cabriolet is essentially the convertible version of S Coupe pictured here.

Mercedes has not talked about the powertrain lineup yet but it’s safe to assume that the top-less S Class will derive its engines and transmissions from its Coupe sibling. Range topping Mecedes-AMG models would be available in two guises – S 63 with a 585 PS Biturbo 5.5-litre V8 and S 65 with a 630 PS Biturbo 6.0-litre V12.

With no direct rivals, 2016 Mercedes S Class Cabriolet will enjoy its own niche in the global luxury car segment. Mercedes-Benz India has launched S Class Coupe and S 63 Sedan models in the last few weeks, and is gearing up to bring the Maybach variant as well, signalling that it is not shy of introducing expensive niche models in the market. So we can expect S Class Cabriolet as well to make it to the country a few months after its international sales debut next year.

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