2021 Mercedes S-Class Fan Rendering Proposes W140 Design Cues
People always find reason to complain every time a new car makes its debut. In the case of the 2021 S-Class, Mercedes has been criticized for not daring more with the exterior design. Evolutionary styling stays true to the W222 before it while borrowing a thing or two from the CLS to create a design that plays its safe and contrasts completely with the revolutionary interior.
This fan rendering of Daimler’s flagship is also inspired by a previous S-Class, but it’s even more reminiscent of the time machine. To try to evoke the square sedans of yesteryear, our Russian friends at Kolesa have slapped some W140 design cues on the new W223. Does digital makeover work? We’ll let you be the judge, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a revival of the square sedan in the mainstream and luxury segments.
The hypothetical S retains the pop-out electronic door handles of the new generation, but replaces the slightly curved character lines with straight lines. Boxier lights at the front and rear evoke the spirit of Mercedes’ flagship of the 1990s, as does the chrome bar running the full width of the rear. No mock exhaust shenanigans here as the artist hid the spikes under the bumper.
Kolesa also tinkered with the front grille to make it slightly more angular and changed the bumper for a simpler lower grille design reminiscent of what the W140 had. As per the artist’s inspiration, the tail lights no longer extend over the trunk lid like they do on the W223 and almost all Mercedes sedans on sale today.
While the W140 continued to receive the coupe treatment (C140) shortly after the sedan’s launch, that will not be the case with the latest S-Class, as Mercedes will be removing the two-door S. Coupe will indirectly take its place in the company’s wide range. As for the S-Class Cabriolet, it will be replaced by the all-new SL with a soft top last used during the R129 era.