A sculpture called "Aesthetics S", which will be part of the Mercedes-Benz exhibit at the 2012 Paris auto show, is said to provide "an artistic glimpse of the design of the luxury sedan of the foreseeable future" – read, the next-generation S-Class.
The aesthetics of the bas relief-like sculpture will be combined with a three-dimensional light-projection display to create a "modern production in three acts," the company says.
The Paris Motor Show runs from September 27through October 14, 2012.
"The characteristic lines of the S-Class have always represented the expression of automotive culture, as we understand it," says Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"The new S-Class will continue this tradition and... will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years", he adds, suggesting that the forms in the sculpture will have even broader application than just the next-generation S-Class.
The display will also incorporate four S-Class models from past decades –the series 189 (1957-1962), 108 9 (1955-1972), 126 (1979-1991) and 221 (2005-2013).
Wagener concludes: "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."
No schedule has been revealed for the introduction of the next-generation S-Class itself, but scuttlebutt from Europe suggests that, given the importance of China to the luxury-car market, it could take place in November at the Guangzhou auto show.