With regard to automotive designs, Mercedes-Benz keeps things underestimated most of the time. When you look back at the iconic models of the 1960s and 1970s brand, there is an undeniable subtlety and modernity embodied in the classic style that can make modern Mercs of still modest persuasion look busy in comparison. Enter David Obendorfer, a talented automotive artist with an eye for detail and, as you can see, he turned his attention to the current E-Class sedan and performed a retro-style retirement. The result is what Obendorfer calls Icon E Concept.
In short, this is a modern version of the iconic W115 sedan that came out in 1968. In a brief statement about his work, Obendorfer refers to the vertical orientation of the headlights of this model as a starting point for this project. He describes his theme for this creation as a "modest luxury" that takes a minimalist approach both outside the vehicle and within it. The body lines are simple and give way to a well proportioned shape that we definitely classify as subtle, especially in the front, with lack of openings, openings of strange shapes and aerodynamic adjustments that we get accustomed to on the modern front fronts. cars.
Admittedly, the vertical orientation of the headlights is reminiscent of the Cadillac, but there is no doubt about the wide grille for anything other than Mercedes. At first glance, one might be tempted to call this boring design, but the more we look at it, the more we appreciate the lack of visual drama that has become so ingrained in the modern automotive style.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of driving or riding in a pre-electronic revolution automobile will understand the minimalist interior of Icon E. Admittedly, this approach with the Mercedes instrument dashboard in an empty, expansive dashboard is not all that appealing as the outside, but the steering wheel is as cool as possible. The space is generous, but the greenhouse is also designed to to feel spacious. This is something that many automakers seem to lose in modern designs, even if they claim to try.
What do you think of this curious concept created by fans? We are so accustomed to seeing extravagant shapes full of wings and openings that this minimalist approach leaves us somewhat unbalanced. Then again, we suspect that's exactly the point.
Source: David Obendorfer, Facebook, YouTube