Mercedes S-Class cabriolet undergoing development image

The upcoming generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will have a convertible version, which will be launched in 2014.

The first-ever Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet has been recently photographed by Autocar as a test mule, so there’s no doubt the car will launch as scheduled. The new Mercedes will open up a new niche for large luxury 2+2 cabriolets. Based on the next-generation S-Class coupe, which will replace the current CL class, the S-Class convertible will compete with the Bentley Continental GTC.

Given the large platform, it’s safe to assume the new Mercedes will offer generous room for rear passengers. Compared with the E-Class convertible, the S-Class will have a larger cabin, with a higher quality in order to appeal to owners.

And although the 2006 Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive concept had four doors, the S-Class will be a two-door cabriolet, as the test mule photos published by Autocar show. The S-Class and the S-Class convertible will feature „Magic Ride” suspension, first revealed on the F700 concept. The innovative suspension uses cameras that detect the road surface and adjust the air springs and dampers to suit the conditions.

Of course, there will be an array of safety features, including a rollover system and a “Braking Bag” under the front axle, activated during the last moments of an emergency stop, to provide extra retardation.