Breaking: Mercedes-Benz CLC Shooting Brake gets green light for production

Article by Christian A., on August 10, 2011

Dieter Zetsche a.k.a. Mercedes-Benz boss announced today that the Shooting Brake model inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Brake Concept received green light for production.

Set to make its debut in 2012, the new model is expected to hit the U.S. market in 2014 and will use a new platform that will offer a stylish but practical rival to the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback or the upcoming Bmw 3-Series GT.

Regarding the price, sources confirm the fact that the vehicle will be less expensive than the CLS.

Moreover, the vehicle will be available as standard with front wheel drive or as an option with all-wheel drive, according to Autonews. For those folks who don’t know, the ‘shooting brake’ term describes two-door sporty wagons and the latest vehicle to use this philosophy is the Ferrari FF, company’s first all-wheel drive model.

The Mercedes-Benz CLC Shooting Brake will feature five doors and will receive a stylish sloping roof as well as heavily angled tailgate.

Moreover, the vehicle will be sold alongside the CLC Coupe, a smaller version of the CLS, which is expected to hit the market in 2013. This model will also be available in the United States and was confirmed by Mercedes-Benz. As expected, the new CLC will offer a new range of four-cylinder, direct-injection gasoline engines.

Set a new level of standards in terms of the interior design and quality, the second generation of the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake was handcrafted to perfection with utmost attention to details. Even the luggage compartment of the new CLS Shooting Brake is lined with high-quality carpeting. Moreover, this hand-stitched material is also found in the sideliners of the luggage compartment, thereby complementing the Exclusive PASSION leather appointments. The luggage compartment floor could also be fitted with optional aluminum designer rails.

Furthermore, the luggage compartment has a handcrafted designo wood floor. The floor is crafted from American cherry wood, which is contrasted by the fumed oak inlaid work and the optional aluminum rails – thereby lending the luggage compartment of the CLS Shooting Brake the elegance of the wooden deck of a yacht as made possible by precise workmanship. This classic fine wood variety features considerable elasticity, flexibility, density as well as fine texture.

To achieve a high level of dimensional stability on the luggage compartment floor, Mercedes picked the best veneer sheets, then glued it and pressed in five layers by hand. Mercedes employed CNC machines to mill the wooden blanks to their precise and exact format. Then, the carmaker ground smooth and impregnated their surfaces to bring out their natural looks. Meanwhile, Mercedes employed laser technology to precisely cut the dark fumed oak inlays into narrow 3mm strips. On the other hand, the optional aluminum rails feature a brushed finish and comes with rubber inserts to protect the wooden floor and at the same time endow it with anti-slip attributes.

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