Beautiful. I wish BMW could design cars like that rather than the e65. Its just sleek, smooth, effortless and harmonious.
Although the front bears a slight resemblance to a GS- the side and rear are so much better as to not even make it comparable.
I agree that Mercedes isn't pushing the design envelope with this one, but i think they've taken all the best ideas about how a luxury 4 door sedan should be styled (from themselves and Audi) and put them together here. I don't see whats wrong with creating a good looking albeit conservative design.
Let's hear it for clean, beautiful well proportioned designs!! I also think this shows more boldness and confidence on Mercedes part than the e65. The e65 reminds me of someone who is very loud, obnoxious and dresses in tacky clothes to get attention (to make up for an underlying personality deficit). The E class is confident of itself, understated and is just much cooler.
I'm also sick of hearing comments about German car manufacturers making small, medium and large versions of the same car. I don't see anything wrong with this either-- if it great basic shape, it bears repeating! Anyway, I actually think that this is really not the case if you compare the older BMWs, Mercedes, Audis-- they looked similar but each had there own special details. It seems like Bangle is already violating one of his stated goals for the E65 which was to "expand the BMW design language" and not make all their cars look the same. Well, if this is the case why are all of the new concept cars "banglefied" in the same ways as the e65?