Before the expected launch of the first-ever Mercedes-Benz S-class convertible in 2014, its test mule was spotted. The new Mercedes is based on the CL-replacing next-generation S-class coupé. As a result, Mercedes is creating a new niche for big luxury 2+2 soft-tops, which are positioned near the Bentley Continental GTC, where its competitors haven’t entered yet.
The mule was heavily disguised but the raked windscreen that’s shared with the S-class coupé could be seen. Also obvious is the large rear quarterlight window, which indicates that the rear cabin will be comparatively generous for a soft-top. The S-class has a roomier, higher-quality cabin than the E-class convertible. This feature is targeted at owners who want this open-top luxury space to carry a couple of adult passengers.
Even if the mule divulges few details of the convertible, we see a big, sweeping roofline, with the canvas hood hidden away under a false hard-top roof. The images also show a two-door body style that will be carried over for the production version. In the past, Mercedes has considered a plan to make a luxury soft-top based on the 2006 Ocean Drive concept but it experimented with four-door styling.
The new S-class has a classy, near-Bentley-quality interior – its key feature. From the scoop pictures of the cabin, we see a totally digital dashboard with a four-dial instrument pack, coupled with a widescreen sat-nav/multimedia system placed in matching rectangular binnacles. It’s made even more luxurious with a wrapping of wood trim throughout the cockpit, enhanced with ‘eyeball’ air vents made from metal, which appear to have been taken directly from a Bentley parts bin.