More palatable than the 7 Series' face?
It's hard to believe that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is up for replacement soon. The benchmark luxury sedan seems ageless in its design and retains a standard of impeccable refinement that newer rivals haven't yet surpassed. Although the updated design of Mercedes' flagship sedan hasn't yet been revealed, enough spy shots have surfaced for artists like Future Cars Now to have created renderings. The latest such rendering is for what will likely be the quickest S-Class of all: the S63 AMG.
In the digital drawing, the biggest change is the use of smaller headlights (not too dissimilar to those seen on the latest E-Class) and a larger grille. Whereas the current S63 has a more traditional Mercedes grille with vertical lines, the rendering features the distinctive Panamericana grille with vertical bars, as used on other AMGs like the GT and GLC 63.
To our eyes, the size of the grille is incongruent with the much smaller, pinched LED headlights, although it does retain the restrained aggression that has always defined the S63 AMG. The render also uses a massive interpretation of the Mercedes three-pointed star on the nose; we can understand the trend of inflated emblem sizes on trucks, but they appear a bit tacky on regular sedans. The bigger grille isn't a surprise, though, as both of the S-Class' chief rivals - the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series - feature enlarged grilles, with varying degrees of success.
Other than the frontal aspect, the render follows classic Mercedes form, with a familiar side glasshouse and elegant proportions. This one also sports pop-out door handles that sit flush with the body, like many Aston Martins do, something that was spotted on a couple of prototypes earlier this year. We'll have to wait and see if this feature makes it to the production models.
When it does launch, the S63 is likely to be the quickest and most powerful S-Class, especially since the V12-powered S65 is no more. The current S63 features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 603 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, enough to charge to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The new model could feature mild-hybrid tech to improve further on those figures. All-wheel-steering should also make the 2021 S-Class more maneuverable than before. Without a doubt, the interior will be a cocoon of opulence and technology. We just hope that by pandering to current trends, the production version of the 2021 S-Class doesn't lose its timeless aesthetic appeal.