Mercedes-Benz won’t sell CLS Shooting Brake in US over aversion to wagons

Article by Anita Panait, on July 13, 2012

Mercedes-Benz will not market the Shooting Brake version of its CLS model in the United States because of the continued aversion to wagons by U.S. car buyers, a spokesman for the German carmaker divulged.  The Shooting Brake version enlarges the shape of the E-class-based CLS to create a tailgate and a larger trunk that would offer large cargo space.

The model's trunk offers a capacity of 590 litres, which could be increased to 1,550 litres when the seats are down. Mercedes is offering an option of a wooden boot floor inlaid with aluminum rails for the trunk. Mercedes will start rolling out the Shooting Brake version of the CLS in Europe this October, offering choices of two diesel engines and two gasoline units, depending on the market.

Mercedes will be rolling out an entry-level 250CDI diesel that offers a fuel economy of 5.3 litres per 100km and emits 139g of CO2 per km travelled. Mercedes will also be rolling out a performance AMG version powered by a 5.5-liter turbocharged V8 engine. The car derived its Shooting Brake from practical hunting vehicles as they were called in the horse-and-cart period.

The name continued in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, when the term was used to dub bespoke station wagon versions of luxury sports cars. Mercedes chief executive Dr. Deiter Zetsche described the CLS Shooting Brake as functional and exciting.

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