The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet: what we know

The first S-Class Cabriolet for 44 years is set to make its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Peter Iantorno August 27, 2015

You know what they say: “good things come to those who wait” – and, boy, have we waited a long time for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

It has been 44 years since Mercedes-Benz retired its last flagship four-seater convertible, the 1961-71 W111/112 Cabriolet, so the company’s decision to bring the S-Class Cabriolet back is overdue to say the least.

Details are still scant at this stage, but it seems likely that the engine will match that of the S-Class Coupe, which in the Middle East means a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 pumping out in the region of 449bhp.

2017 Mercedes Benz S-Class Cabriolet teaser.jpg A teaser sketch of the new S-Class Cabriolet.

The initial model is expected to be rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive as well as V8 and V12-powered AMG models – the latter producing a Bentley-rivalling 621bhp – should follow.

But despite the ferocious power, the S-Class Cabriolet is going to be more about style then speed. Even with smart weight-saving measures such as an aluminium body and a compact lithium-ion battery, it will still likely weigh in at more than 2,265kg.

The long-awaited model will officially be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off on September 17, and will likely make an appearance in showrooms midway through 2016. There has been no word yet as to when we can expect it in the Middle East.

Pricing details haven’t been released yet either, but the S-Class Coupe started from around AED 565,000, and the new Cabriolet is expected to be significantly more. We'll bring you all the details on a Middle East release as soon as they come in.