Ahead of its scheduled debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is teasing its new S-Class Cabriolet, showing the big convertible’s interior for the first time, and drawing parallels to suave Mercedes drop-tops of the past.
The photo confirms that the Cabriolet will largely reflect the S-Class Coupe introduced last year, with a similar all-digital wraparound information display that takes the place of both the gauge cluster and center-stack screen, nicely-detailed controls, and Mercedes’ touchpad/rotary knob-combo infotainment controller.
Mercedes says the S-Class Cabriolet will also include some convenience features already seen on other models, including the Aircap wind-negating system and Airscarf neck-level heaters to make top-down driving pleasant regardless of the weather, or almost regardless of the weather. The convertible will also get the heated armrests that debuted on the S-Class sedan.
There also appear to be monitors mounted in the backs of the front headrests although, even in a car this big, it’s unclear how much time anyone will actually want to spend in the back seats.
Mercedes chose to pose the S-Class Cabriolet with a classic W111 model. Built from 1961 to 1971, this body style is the ancestor of the modern S-Class, and arguably one of the most collectible vintage Mercedes models. You might also recognize it as the car from The Hangover.
While it’s unclear how good the S-Class Cabriolet will be as a chariot for drunken antics, it will certainly be fast. Expect powertrains to match those of the S-Class Coupe, meaning there will likely be an S550 with a 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, an S63 AMG with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, and an S65 AMG, sporting a 6.0-liter V12, also with twin turbos.
We’ll confirm those details and more shortly. The S-Class Cabriolet will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, and will likely go on sale in the U.S. sometime next year.
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