In 1991, a new chapter in S-Class modernity began. To begin with, the 140 series was often a misunderstood, spacious vehicle on the market, consistently dispensing with all representative decorative elements yet highly functional. The S-Class, available with a wide range of powertrains, was an export success worldwide. The third S-Class to flow from Bruno Sacco’s pen, the 220 series in 1998, marked a departure from any rough edges and interpreted elegance as a restrained, friendly character trait. Trend-setting electronics enabled the height of safe, comfortable functionality. When the 221 series was introduced in 2005, Head of Design Peter Pfeiffer emphasised a clear, cool line and marked its enormous performance potential with a muscular-looking front and rear design.