We’ve known for some time that Mercedes is planning an S-Class Cabriolet, and these latest images from our industrious spy photographers provide the clearest indication yet that the luxury drop-top is just over the horizon.
The car may be concealed beneath a deceptive full body wrap but a change in the camouflage’s fit and tone nonetheless reveals the presence of a retractable fabric roof similar to that found on the E-Class Cabriolet.
As with the Ocean Drive concept – which first hinted at the possibility of a convertible S-Class when it debuted at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show – Mercedes appears to have opted for a soft hood design in a bid to save weight and space.
The early preview’s four-door layout hasn’t been carried over though, as the new Cabriolet is instead based on its Coupe sibling, with an identical front end clearly visible despite the test mule’s heavy disguise.
In fact, the only visual difference we can make out at this stage is a slightly less gradual slope to the cabrio’s roofline, a structural and engineering consequence of removing the fixed roof.
It’s not just styling that the latest member of the S-Class family is likely to inherit, either, as engines and in-car tech will also pass over. Kicking off the Cabriolet range will be the S500, featuring a 449bhp 4.7-litre bi-turbo V8, and this should be joined by AMG-tuned S63 and S65 variants.
Mercedes-Benz is similarly set to throw in crystal-infused daytime running lights and indicators – designed to create a clear beam – and the new Magic Body Control suspension system that reads the road and leans the car into bends like a motorbike.
This also means we’ve now seen every incarnation of the new S-Class, a line-up including the Saloon and Coupe, as well as an extended-wheelbase variant (due to resurrect the Maybach badge as a Mercedes sub-brand), and the recently revealed Pullman limousine.
Given the Coupe won’t be hitting UK showrooms until this September, don’t expect the see the S-Class Cabriolet over here before 2015, with prices likely to start from around £110,000.