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.

The latest Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake breaks through the market with a creative style that strengthens its position in the design field. Undoubtedly a coupé because of its dimensions, the latest CLS offers an array of different possibilities-- offering five doors and a car roof that flows through the back. Because of these, the latest Shooting Brake shows a modern take on the four-door coupé, which was initially launched with the first CLS in 2004 and has ever since been the basis for a lot of coupé wannabes. The outcome is an independent, charming car.

Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz said that each unique car legend speaks to the mind and the heart. Functionality is a necessity for every car - and some clients do not make this as a priority. What makes a vehicle stand out is its unique quality. The CLS Shooting Brake puts together elegance and function in a manner that is unparalleled by any other car.

Unmistakably a coupé, the CLS Shooting Brake's dimensions produce a curved stance, as if the car is crouching: narrow window features with frameless side windows, long bonnet and roof extending to the back all the way to the tail end of the car. When taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that the Shooting Brake has 5 doors and offers more than what’s expected of it.

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