When Mercedes-Benz introduced the current S-Class Cabriolet in 2016, it was the first factory droptop available in the Sonderklasse line since 1971.
It may also be the last.
Those cuts include axing 10,000 jobs and discontinuing lower-volume models.
The company has already axed one droptop, the SLC-Class.
The discontinuation of the two-door S-Class models leaves grand tourer duty exclusively to the SL-Class, though it’s only a two-seater.
That likely means it’ll be smaller and sportier than before.
The next S-Class sedan, set to debut this year and reach showrooms in 2021, uses a re-engineered version of Mercedes’s Modular Rear-wheel-drive Architecture (MRA).
It’ll feature an all-new electrical architecture that’ll allow for level 3 autonomous driving and driverless valet parking.
Autocar reports the new S-Class’s engine range will include a 2.9-litre inline six-cylinder turbodiesel and a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol, both of which will be available with plug-in hybrid technology.
Higher-spec models will be available with the turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engineered by Mercedes-AMG, which will feature mild-hybrid technology.
Daimler CEO Ola Källenius has also confirmed the next-generation S-Class will keep the option of a V12 engine.
While there’ll be a choice of both standard and extended-length sedans, there’ll be no other body styles.
The A217-series S-Class convertible was the last full-size Mercedes convertible since the W111 and W112-series Benzes ended production in 1971.
The C217-series coupe returned a two-door coupe to the S-Class range, full-size Benz coupes having worn the CL-Class badge since the 1990s.