Another dream is becoming reality, as Mercedes-Benz officially announced today that the CLS Shooting Brake Concept, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show, will go into serial production.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the new car will make its debut on the market in 2012 and will roll-off the assembly line in the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen.
Currently, this plant is producing the C-Class Sedan, the E-Class Sedan and Estate, the S-Class and the coupés CLS and CL as well as the Maybach models and Mercedes-Benz Guard vehicles.
In addition, the plant started the production of the SLS AMG, but also of the small series B-Class powered by a fuel cell.
Starting 2014, the new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will also be manufactured in Sindelfingen. The new CLS Shooting Brake model will be build using the same production line as the CLS and the E-Class Sedan.
Although we don’t have any technical details, the concept unveiled at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine equipped with start/stop function and capable to deliver 225 kW (306 hp) with a maximum torque of 370 Nm.
The attractive designs of the CLS continue to not just make waves but amaze customers, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr. Joachim Schmidt shared. The new generation CLS is expected to develop the company’s pioneering role for this particular segment.
Schmidt added that the brand wants to continue its success with the CLS Shooting Brake and also complement its product portfolio with a new appealing model. The new model, Schmidt further added, is founded on the tradition of style and sportiness that has long symbolized Mercedes coupés.
In addition, it also takes this legacy forward and shows the future design idiom of the brand. The proportions of the Shooting Brake are indeed similar to those of a coupé, from the long bonnet, roof that slopes back to its rear, windows with its narrow appearance, and frameless side windows.
A second look though shows that it has a rather large rear lid and four doors. Thus while it does have the amazing proportions, it evokes another design icon which is the CLS. The name "Shooting Brake" is based on the name given to carriages that were utilized to "break" in the wild horses.
It also referred to the way the horses were restricted from their impulse to move so that they could become work horses. However the process typically resulted in the cart being broken, thus people then would not use carriages which they may need for a different purpose.
As such, "Brakes" were only attached to the variable bodies needed to carry necessary items like those needed in a hunt. Vehicles or carriage used for hunts were then called as Shooting Brake or a Shooting Break.
Between the 1960s and the 1970s, motor-powered Shooting Breaks became popular in Great Britain. These were cross-over vehicles that offered the luxury of a coupé but with additional space and variability.