The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no ordinary car, so it gets no ordinary teasers. Instead of a single photo with a couple of artistic graphical strokes to whet appetites for the redesigned 2013 S-Class, we get the Aesthetics S sculpture and notice of a vernissage at the Paris Motor Show.

Called "an artistic glimpse of the design of the luxury saloon of the foreseeable future," the Aesthetics S will be our preview into the look of the defining premium luxury sedan.

The preview will come in the form of the debut of this "relief-like sculpture" alongside light projections as the shape is revealed in three acts "using a modern means of design and implementation." And to make sure everyone there knows their history, the Pink Floyd laser-light show projection event will involve the W189, W108 and W126 S-Classes as well.

Not to be considered a concept-only one-off, Mercedes' head of design said that whatever we see will "put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years." Scroll down for a press release that thinks very highly of itself, and we'll be bringing the Aesthetics S to life for you from the floor of the Paris show later this month.
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A production in three acts: A modern sense of status and sensual shapes

Stuttgart/Paris, Sep 04, 2012 -- With its sculpture entitled "Aesthetics S", Mercedes-Benz is providing an artistic glimpse of the design of the luxury saloon of the foreseeable future. The aesthetics of the relief-like sculpture are combined with an exciting projection display. In the eyes of the observer, this creates a three-dimensional world and enables the creative imagination of the designers to be visualised to impressive effect. The modern production in three acts, developed by the Mercedes-Benz designers, will be on display in Hall 1 at the Paris Motor Show (27 September to 14 October 2012).

Since the 1930s, the respective top-of-the-range model from Mercedes-Benz has played a very special role - not only for Mercedes-Benz, but also for the automotive world in general. An S-Class does not merely represent the latest state of the art, and as such acts rather more as a symbol and role model for the motor car. "The characteristic lines of the S-Class have always represented the expression of automotive culture, as we understand it. The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years", explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Sculptural shapes, which are given structure and an element of excitement through characteristic lines, are a classic feature of Mercedes-Benz design. Reducing them to a relief-like design incorporating the main elements of the sidewall makes the power and significance of the lines visible and perceivable. In the case of the "Aesthetics S" sculpture, the exterior of a future luxury saloon is interpreted in an artistic manner. According to Wagener: "The sculpture highlights the artistic aspects of design. With the design and proportions of "Aesthetics S", we are communicating a modern sense of status, sensual shapes and stylish sportiness."

The debut of the relief-like sculpture at the Paris Motor Show will be combined with an exciting projection display. The scene will be set for the sculpture with the aid of light in a series of three acts, using a modern means of design and implementation. The shape will be revealed through projected light reflections, creating a three-dimensional world in which the creative imagination of the designers can be visualised to impressive effect. In addition to the organic, naturally-occurring flowing forms which act as a source of inspiration to the designers, it will also possible to appreciate the scope of impact exerted by the S-Class tradition. This is to be achieved by incorporating four S-Class models from past decades – namely the model series 189, 108, 126 and 221. According to Wagener: "The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always impressed with its timeless design, which has existed for decades and has always pointed the
way ahead. The sculpture is a continuation of this, and sets the scene for the development of a new S-Class."

With the "Aesthetics S" work of art, Mercedes-Benz is continuing its "Aesthetics" series of sculptures which to date comprises the pieces "Aesthetics No. 1" (2010), "Aesthetics No. 2" and "Aesthetics 125" (both 2011).


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      JonZeke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I may have seen a prototype S here in Chicago. I was next to a camouflaged Mercedes sedan in early morning traffic in the south loop, covered in black plastic cladding (but had a visible 3 pointed star up front, and inside I saw the symbol on the steering wheel.) The headlight running LEDs were unmistakably the same general design as the new SL class. Proportions were S-Class-ish, though the vehicle length seemed short. There was one exposed body crease that looked identical to what is shown above. The instrument cluster had a full-color large LCD between the gauges. Overall, everyone be prepared for a much taller vehicle than the current model. It seems as if they've added a bit of height to the S. Not so much that it's a BMW 5GT or some crossover, but you will sense it when you see one.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Overall shape looks like the current car.
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mercedes' designs keep getting more and more pretentious. It doesn't seem like there is genuine thoughtful design wisdom in them. If I was hired by a big car manufacturer at the age 18 to come up with the most epic designs off the top of my head. I would come up with almost everything they've done ex-post the peanut headlight era.
      Anj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they ask Chris Bangle for permission to borrow his design language?
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they USED the W126 as a desgin model for this new model. I like the current S, but not as much as the w220... I'm sure it will still hold it's place as one of the world's best.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get why people don't post the video of this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHDV9fOWYwI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is for show. I doubt the redesign will look much different... I mean just by looking at the renderings, doesn't look that special.
      • 2 Years Ago
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