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.
People the world over can identify a Mercedes-Benz right away, with the classic Mercedes front running like a gold thread all through the company's history.
The classy S-Class design has constantly been a statement of automotive luxury and grandeur in each of its eras. And the new S-Class carries on this heritage. With its traditional architecture and continuous silhouette, it is a contemporary expression of sensory simplicity. The design is a line drawn from the stylish, advanced design language to the classy elegance of its cars from the 1930s.
It’s intellect that addresses emotions. Fashionable sportiness and voluptuous shapes synthesise with eternal clarity and graceful dominance, making the S-Class a genuine icon of design.
To emphasise the new S-Class’s easy superiority and determination to lead, it now has a larger radiator grille that has a standing, distinct three-dimensional design. Its lengthened bonnet, continuous arched roof line, and the gently sloping rear give the new S-Class classic saloon dimensions. Its proportions and space are fashioned so that the S-Class looks impressive, and the strong roof line keeps with its sport coupé styling goals.
A character line descends subtly from front to back in the signature dropping line. This elegantly creates the side wall as well as added vibrancy even when it is standing still. The delicate curving effect along the flank brings about an extremely strong and long body that communicates both anticipation and calm. The distinct shoulder over the rear wheel further emphasises the vehicle’s athletic disposition.