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2006-12-21 09:38
Less than a week ago, Mercedes-Benz announced they would be revealing a four-door convertible at the Detroit Auto Show this year.

The official photographs of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Ocean Drive have just been released.

As a four-door convertible, it belongs in a luxury genre that has almost disappeared from our roads. Like the luxury convertibles of years gone by, this showpiece from Stuttgart features the maximum in elegance, lifestyle sophistication and exclusiveness. To put it another way, it represents automobile culture at its most attractive and desirable.

The concept model has been based on the Mercedes S600.

The exterior has distinguishing marks which include a very large and upright radiator grille, LED headlamps and taillights, two-tone paintwork and a striking interplay between taut lines and large, restful surfaces. This lends the one-off special an air of effortless superiority, power, elegance and forward-flowing energy.

Extensive use of the finest-quality leather, 3D-effect materials and large bird's eye maple trim panels all highlight the luxurious, unique character of this design study.

It also includes an airscarf system which is a neck-level heating system, featured on all four seats, allowing occupants to enjoy top-down driving even in the colder months of the year.

This study is a one-off creation by Mercedes-Benz which revives the tradition of large luxury convertibles. Not having to work to a design brief or production specifications left the designers free to get on with the job of developing the world's most comfortable and elegant convertible.

The response of the public consumers will play a big role in the development of a production model.

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