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Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is a Bentley Continental GT rival

The first official design sketch of the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet has been revealed ahead of its grand unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015.

Mercedes says the S-Class Cabriolet will be the first luxury four-seater convertible since 1971. It is based on the two-door Coupe as opposed to the four-door and will cost from £110,00, putting it in Bentley Continental GT territory.

A fabric roof will provide protection from the elements and save weight and space compared with a hard-top, while the S-Class Cabriolet is likely to inherit engines from the Coupe, which means a 449bhp 4.7-litre V8 S500 at the bottom of the range and a 630bhp AMG S65 at the top.

The S-Class Cabriolet was confirmed earlier in the year when it was spied taking a spin around the Nürburgring, but it must be said this is more of a luxury cruiser than a track weapon. Even so, the likes of Magic Body Control, which leans the car into a corner, and all that power means it will be a handful.

Four seats will let four (lucky) people travel around in German luxury, but no doubt boot space has taken a hit in accommodating the fabric roof so packing a bit lighter might be necessary.

Reports say it will arrive in the winter of 2015, which means plenty of time to start saving up. Expect more details as we head towards September.

In the meantime, check out the new C-Class Coupe – a rival to the BMW 4 Series.

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