The sculptures will be put on display at the show with light and music. Apparently, Mercedes’ current infatuation with lightshows has extended to their top models, as the design will be illuminated by reflected light and projection mapping. It should be an interesting show for those who are there to see it. Personally, I’m more interested in the lines of the car than the lights.
It does draw pretty heavily from the CLS in terms of style. They’re both feature heavily sculpted lines on an otherwise featureless surface. They’re smooth. Unexpectedly, those had lines actually follow the curves of a classic Mercedes. The bottom line is where the running boards would’ve been in another era, and the top curve gives the impression of flared fender arches. It’s a subtle design cue, but I like it. The sculptures basically fill in the blanks from what we’ve already known. There have been plenty of spy shots of the S-Class, but they’ve all been careful to keep the sides covered. Now we know what they look like.
We likely won’t be seeing the new S-Class this month at Frankfurt or Paris. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see it in Beijing.