The next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is just around the corner but it appears unlikely that the coupe and cabriolet variants will stick around.
In the midst of Daimler’s massive cost-cutting plan that will see it slash no fewer than 15,000 jobs, German publication Handelsblatt reports that a decision has been made to not renew the S-Class Coupe and S-Class Cabriolet for the car’s latest generation.
This comes despite the fact that the current two-door S-Class variants are based on the same architecture as the sedan, as opposed to using a bespoke platform that would make them significantly more costly to produce.
It’s not just the S-Class Coupe and S-Class Cabriolet that are thought to be on the chopping block. Handelsblatt asserts that the X-Class will indeed be axed, as has been reported in recent months. In addition, the third-generation CLS and the current AMG GT Four-Door may both be killed off at the end of their respective lifecycles and replaced by a single electric model.
While it’s sad to see the S-Class Coupe and S-Class Cabriolet go the way of the dodo, there will be a new S-Class-sized model to hit the market in the form of the long-awaited all-electric EQS sedan. It will sit at the top of the electric-only EQ brand from Mercedes-Benz and is expected to arrive sometime around 2021.