Mercedes confirms CLS Shooting Brake production

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Sometimes a car is so pretty it simply has to be built, which was the case when the first Mercedes-Benz CLS was confirmed for production. Now, with the second-generation CLS upon us, news comes in that Mercedes' beautiful CLS Shooting Brake concept will find its way to production in 2012, opening up the world of wagons to an entirely new level of design and sophistication.

Mercedes-Benz deserves credit for keeping the wagon alive when other brands left it by the wayside for newer trends, but while an E-Class Wagon is extremely nice, the CLS Shooting Brake is in an entirely different league.

First of all, a shooting brake isn't a normal wagon. If you're not familiar with the term, think of a luxury coupe with wagon-like rear quarters. Some examples from the past include the somewhat unloved BMW Z3 Coupe, formed from the Z3 Roadster, or, even further back, the beautiful Volvo P1800 ES with its elegant rear glass hatch. A number of shooting brakes have been built wearing even more exotic badges such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Jensen, Lotus, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and even Ferrari. So, now that four-door coupes are all the rage, why not a four-door shooting brake?

Mercedes has chosen its Sindelfingen plant for CLS Shooting Brake production, and the debut of the finished car will likely take place next year at the Beijing Motor Show, where the concept was unveiled earlier this year.

Expect the CLS Shooting Brake to feature the same powertrains being offered in the new CLS four-door coupe, along with a variant of the CLS63 AMG that will be unveiled at the LA auto show later this month.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Wagon, Mercedes-Benz, CLS Shooting Brake Concept,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz

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