Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake test mules spied on the streets

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 13, 2011

A thinly disguised Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was spotted being tested. These are the first images taken of this model, which is expected to reach the showrooms about a year from now. The CLS Shooting Brake was spied outside Mercedes’ Sindelfingen R&D and production site in Germany. Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche has confirmed it for production at Sindelfingen in 2012.

It was at the 2010 Beijing motor show that a concept version named ‘Shooting Break’ was introduced. The Shooting Brake takes its inspiration from the traditional custom-built, two-door shooting brake.

Mercedes is building up this model to be a stylish yet practical option to the Audi A7 and the BMW 5-series GT. It is included in a series of new design-led niche models that are meant to help solidify the company’s image. Also included in this range of cars is a smaller CLC Shooting Brake spun off the new B-class’s MFA platform.

It comes with front styling mirrors that were seen on the second-generation CLS four-door. It also has its gaping grille and LED headlight design. This car’s rear is distinctive to the standard CLS. It features a heavily angled rear window, top-hinged tailgate and huge, LED-enhanced tail-lights that extend well into the rear wings.

Even if load capacity is higher over the standard CLS, it’s obvious from the pictures that the Shooting Brake won’t be able to compete with the E-class estate in this aspect.

Its engines are comparable to those available in the standard CLS, including four-cylinder 2.1-litre and 3.0-litre V6 diesels, and 3.5-litre V6 and turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 petrols. Mercedes is also expected to launch a fire-breathing twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 AMG model.

Mercedes Benz introduces another creative design with the latest MB CLS Shooting Brake model. The five-door estate with coupé-like exterior was first seen in the CLS 2004’s concept design. Back then, the very first CLS only has the four-door model. Still, many cars followed its footsteps in terms of concept and innovation.

The new CLS’ extensive rooflines add to the coupé’s charming design. Dr Dieter Zetsche (CEO) believes that every legendary car is equally attractive. But the most significant yet overlooked aspect is functionality. This shows the car’s outstanding quality above all. Hence, the new CLS Shooting Brake has undeniable charm but is also big on functionality due to the 5-door set-up.

The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake has a crouched stance that is so typical of a coupé. The design consists of highly dynamic curves from the roof all the way to the tail end. Meaning to say, you will see frameless side windows that flawlessly match the coupé’s long bonnet and narrow profile.

Basically, the newest CLS coupé exemplifies what a 5-seater sports car should be. It has the large tailgate to provide easy access at the rear compartment. That way, people can travel in and out of town without compromising comfort and style.

The luggage compartment and interior sideliners employed elegant and high quality fabrics. As a matter of fact, Mercedes used its exclusive PASSION leather with hand stitched materials to go along with the luxurious yet excellent quality carpeting found on every corner. They also offer an exclusive aluminium-lined luggage compartment as an optional material for those who want to be different from the rest.

Meanwhile, the very elegant Designo wood luggage floor is a standard feature. This element adds character to the already stunning handcrafted materials they applied on some of the interior design. Mercedes Benz also used the classic American Cherry Wood on some finishes to enhance the aluminium rails and fumed oak inlays inside the compartment.

The wooden materials are very fine and flexible but at the same time, they are so dense that you can almost compare it to a yacht’s deck. Certainly, the next generation CLS has got everything in terms of luxury, technology and quality. We simply couldn’t ask for more.

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