Mercedes-Benz makes a wagon out if its CLS

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Sometimes, auto manufacturers do things that simply raise the question, "Why?" The Mercedes-Benz CLS was originally contrived as a four-door sedan modeled to have the swoopy, elegant styling characteristics of a two-door coupe. Now, the German automaker has made a shooting brake version of the CLS, a decision that seems to contradict the car's original intention.

For those unsure, "shooting brake" is an old British term that is now used mostly to describe a sedan or coupe that's been modified into a wagon. In olden days, a "brake" was a carriage used to discipline or "break in" horses and a "shooting-brake" was such a carriage that was modified for hunting. The term "shooting brake" continued to be used when such carriages became motorized.

Though it won't likely arrive in North America anytime soon, the 2013 CLS Shooting Brake may one day traverse Canadian roadways if its appeal is strong enough to warrant the trip over from its native European continent.

The new CLS Shooting Brake is available with four engines, including two diesel units and two that are gasoline-powered. Peak output ranges from 204 horsepower all the way up to 408 horsepower and all engines come mated to seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmissions. The CLS Shooting Brake also comes equipped with an ECO start/stop function that shuts the engine off when the vehicle comes to a stop. Though the normal CLS Shooting Brake offers varying levels of power output, a recently announced high-performance version, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, provides 525 horsepower.

Other features include Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and bi-xenon headlights with LED technology. Of course, with its wagon rear-end design, the 2013 CLS Shooting Brake also features a lot more cargo room than the CLS. In fact, it nearly triples available space at 1,550 litres compared to the 520 litres afforded by the sedan.

"Any memorable machine is equal parts art and science," said CEO, Dr. Dieter Zetsche. "A car has to first deliver in function – the ticket of entry – and then in fascination: the ticket to real excitement. The CLS Shooting Brake excels on both accounts – unlike any other car in the market."
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Wagon, Mercedes-Benz, 2013, CLS Shooting Brake,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz

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