2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake European pricing announced

Article by Anita Panait, on July 18, 2012

Mercedes-Benz is now accepting orders for the innovative CLS Shooting Brake five-door coupe. The CLS Shooting Brake, which features a roof that runs through the rear, boasts of providing a new sense of luxury with its very distinct designo wooden luggage compartment floor, which highlights the hand-finished nature of the interior.

The luggage compartment floor of the CLS Shooting Brake is made of American cherry tree wood with selected veneer sheets that are glued and hand-pressed in five cross-bonded layers to achieve high dimensional stability. The CLS Shooting Brake also features as standard rear seat backrests that can be folded down from the luggage compartment.

The rear seats also provide individual seats on the outsides and a third seat in the middle. A customer could avail of an optional folding trailer coupling for the CLS Shooting Brake.

The base version for the Shooting Brake range is the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, which could be availed for a price of €61,761. CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY could produce up to 150 kW (204 hp) of power and has a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 139 grams per kilometre.

Next to the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY are two six-cylinder models: the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY that could produce up to 195 kW (265 hp) of power for a price of €65,628.50; and the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY that could produce up to 225 kW (306 hp) of power for a cost of €66,818.50.

The CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY model, which V8 biturbo engine could produce 300 kW (408 hp) of power, is available at €82,229. The CLS Shooting Brake is also available in two all-wheel drive models: the CLS 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY at €68,365.50, and the CLS 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY at €84,966. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake starts at €117,512.50.

Mercedes-Benz is confident that the second generation of its CLS will set the bar higher when it comes to the design, as well as the quality, of the interior. There are various innovative details combined with handcrafted perfection and elegance. For the Shooting Brake, this description is not limited to the interior but also includes the luggage compartment.

Lining up the compartment is premium carpeting with the sideliners making use of hand-stitched materials. This, of course, complements the Exclusive PASSION leather appointments. For those who want the compartment to have a more exclusive appeal, the brand is offering as an option placing aluminum designer rails on its floor.

Helping with the luxurious feel, while highlighting the hand-crafted quality of the interior, is the use of designo wood luggage on the floor of the luggage compartment. Those who are not familiar with be more than happy to know that American cherry wood is one of those classic fine woods which contrasts well with the aluminum rails and its inlaid work made of fumed oak.

This gives the luggage compartment the classiness one typically expects from the wooden deck of a yacht but with the precision workmanship and high-tech appeal. This particular type of wood is well known for a number of qualities that include density, elasticity, fine texture, and flexibility. Specifically for the luggage compartment floor that has American cherry wood, the brand did not simply glue in highly selected veneer sheet but used five layers, all pressed by hand, in order to get a higher level of dimensional stability.

Using a CNC machine, the brand managed to mill the blanks to their exact configuration. In addition, the surfaces have been smoothly grounded and saturated in order to give out the best of the natural beauty of the wood. Rounding off the finishing touches are the dark fumed oak inlays in three-millimeter strips made possible through the use of precision laser technology. Finally, the aluminum rails have rubber inserts and a brushed finished to offer anti-slip qualities while ensuring that the wooden floor is protected.

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