Mercedes-Benz E-Class Rendered With Four Round Lights, Brings Classy Back

Mercedes is quietly working on a mid-life refresh for the W213 generation of the E-Class which came out three years ago. The design is moving forward, inspired by the latest CLS four-door coupe.
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Rendered With Four Round Lights, Brings Classy Back
But what if the company did the exact opposite thing - what if they went back in time to fix their mistakes? Russian website Kolesa probably wanted to do a 2021 E-Class rendering but realized it was a bit boring. So instead, it went with a classic look for a modern Benz. A surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one.

Four round headlights define some of the most iconic shapes in German car design which are prized to this day and seen as symbols of luxury. The quad eyes came with the W210 model in 1995. Of course, that era was dominated by this look: SL, CLK, S-Class - everything had it.

The cars looked distinguished and elegant. This was the era before AMG Line body kits, fake air vents, and pointless exhausts. So we plenty of reason to see them through rose-tinted glasses. Even Lexus liked it, which is why the early GS and SC had four lights as well.

The last time Mercedes tried quad lights didn't turn out so well. We're talking about the W212, which used a geometric shape that made the whole thing appear like a Chinese clone. Skoda wasn't paying attention and in 2016 went with the controversial little squares as well.

So a lesson can be drawn from all this. if you want classic round headlights, you've got to have an organic car body. And right now, Mercedes design is ideally suited. Mercedes clearly has no need to evoke its past, but other manufacturers do. We've heard a rumor about a new base Golf 7 coming out in two years to rival the Skoda Scala and having boxy Golf 8 looks. There's also the Alpine A110 and MINI.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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