Now that Daimler’s ultra-luxury Maybach brand has been axed due to falling sales, the Mercedes S-Class is going to be getting a bit more attention to make up for the hole in the lineup. Previous rumors on a possible S-Class Convertible have been born and put to rest in the past, but the time may have finally come for those rumors to be resurrected.
According to CarAdvice, the future Mercedes S-Class Convertible has officially been confirmed by Mercedes insiders and will be based on the Ocean Drive Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. The model will be offered as an alternative to the very unsuccessful Maybach Laundalet , but unlike it, the S-Class Convertible will feature a folding fabric roof and will be offered in a two-door configuration.
When produced, the Mercedes S-Class Convertible will be a strong competitor for the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe , but will have the benefit of being considerably cheaper.
The technology and engine line-up for the Convertible S-Class will be borrowed from its sedan version set to be unveiled in 2013 and will arrive a few months after the sedan is unveiled.
Note: Ocean Drive Concept pictured here.
gallery: Mercedes Ocean Drive