The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake spied here reaches UK showrooms in November
Mark Tisshaw
16 March 2012

These are the latest spy pics of the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake, which has been scooped during winter testing in northern Scandinavia. The swoopy new estate reaches UK showrooms in November.

The Shooting Brake is inspired by the traditional custom-built, two-door shooting brake and is Mercedes’ stylish yet practical alternative to the Audi A7 and the BMW 5-series GT. It is among a series of new design-led niche models designed to help further build the firm's image, in a range of cars that will also include a smaller CLC Shooting Brake spun off the new B-class’s MFA platform.

The front styling mirrors that of the recently introduced second-generation CLS four-door, including its gaping grille and LED headlight design. The rear of the car is unique to the standard CLS, however, featuring a heavily angled rear window, top-hinged tailgate and large, LED-enhanced tail-lights extending well into the rear wings.

Although load capacity will be increased over the standard CLS, it’s clear from the pictures that the Shooting Brake will not rival the E-class estate in this department.

Engines will mirror those in the standard CLS, including four-cylinder 2.1-litre and 3.0-litre V6 diesels, and 3.5-litre V6 and turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 petrols. A fire-breathing twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 AMG model is also tipped for launch

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12 October 2011

That is one ugly estate car, it seems to use every styling feature from the last 70 years Oh well soon to be seen at airports near you

jer

12 October 2011

It's distinctive...

12 October 2011

The first thought that popped into my mind when I saw this, was the car from ghostbusters.

Normally I like a shooting brake, for something reason this just doesn't work.

12 October 2011

Think it needs to be seen undisguised before a judgement can really be made. Looking at the second picture, the rearmost side window actually extends much further back than is revealed, following the arc of the other windows. I think this will make quite a significant difference to the overall look when it can actually be seen.

12 October 2011

Seems to me to be one niche model too many but no doubt Mercedes have carried out their research and will sell loads..

12 October 2011

There's no real point to it but I actually don't mind it. Mercedes have disguised the new pedestrian regs quite well in the CLS' nose until you see it in profile where it's quite bluff. However, put this new rear end on with the long overhang and it balances out quite well.


12 October 2011

[quote Mr£4worth]Yuk![/quote] Precisely......

289

12 October 2011

...absolutely gorgeous. I have always bought estates/4x4's and I think this is fantastic...I was also taken with the concept shooting brake.

However, I will never have one, as I wouldnt be without a 4x4 Mercedes-Benz.

289

12 October 2011

...actually I would like to know what the disguised car in front is...

Is it the new A class?

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