Most exquisite Mercedes-Benz models from their flagship S class have recently been redesigned, but topless coupes are still unavailable. After three years, 2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet finally comes to the dealers and, as expected, doesn’t differ too much from the available coupes. In fact, only available difference visible at first glance is cabrio’s soft roof.
The Engine range & Performance
Just like the coupes, convertibles too will be offered in three distinctive versions when it comes to powertrains. All of them will be extremely strong and fuel-consuming at the same time. Entry-level will be reserved for S5500 which features 4.7L twin-turbo V-8 with as much as 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Step-up models are AMG S63 ones which come with unique 5.5L AMG twin-turbocharged V-8 mill with 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the most powerful units can be found in AMG S65 models, and these are 6.0L handcrafted biturbo V-12 powerplants making 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
Coupes are generally 4Matic models, but strongest V-12 is left with only rear-wheel drive, however. 7-speed automatic transmission is offered across the board, but unlike AMG’s Speedshift units, S550 uses regular gearboxes. Whether these settings will be carried over to 2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet too, remains to be seen.
New Design – Inside and Outside view
As mentioned above, 2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet will share almost all of its cues with already available coupes. That’s a sensible strategy as it lowers the cost of production and doesn’t diversify the lineup too much. Hardtops are out of the question for what’s almost a 17-footer of a car. Instead, soft top roof also looks like a sensible choice as it slightly lowers already hefty weight tag and, yet again, lowers the cost. Apart from that, sleek and elegant lines will be kept all over the car’s body, and hallmark details won’t move anywhere neither.
Everyone already knows what to expect from most lavishly decorated nameplates of one of the most lavish car manufacturers. Wide range of leather seating surfaces will be offered in every single model, and so will be natural wood veneers. Dual 12.3-inch TFT displays look as imposing now as they did on the day they were introduced, and it’s only natural to assume that 2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet will continue to offer them. Rest of available convenience and tech features include heated and ventilated seats, optional Burmester sound system and all available connectivity options. Convertibles add one of their unique features to the list, and that’s AirScarf neck-level heating system.
Safety features are as advanced as they ever were in Mercedes-Benz. Needless to say, every S class model offers more than just mandatory goodies. Surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, active park assist, autonomous braking, night vision and pedestrian detection are only some of available advanced features.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet Price & MPG
Fuel efficiency should remain similar as in coupes. After all, they do share engines. Still, small drop in numbers wouldn’t surprise us. That way, base models should return around 17/26 mpg, while AMG S63 is rated at 15/23 mpg. Finally, strongest AMG S65 manages only 13/20 mpg. Prices for coupes look as follows: $121,550 for S550, $163,150 for S63 and $234,050 for S65. You can safely add a few thousands more to all three respective price tags for convertibles.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S class Cabriolet will finally expand German maker’s flagship lineup beyond the hard top range. Convertibles will be basically the same as coupes, but apart from offering soft top, they will pay attention on interior heating dynamics. Otherwise, all available features should remain the same, and so should interior refinement. However, some new color and material arrangements aren’t excluded.