Definitive production version of sleek Mercedes estate will go on sale in the UK from November at a starting price of around £48,000
29 June 2012

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the definitive production version of its radical new CLS Shooting Brake.

The swoopy estate is set to go on sale in the UK from November at a starting price of around £48,000 following its public debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new model, which was developed under the codename X219, will be positioned well above the E-class estate, which is priced from £31,485.

The CLS Shooting Brake was given the go-ahead by Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche following positive reaction to the earlier ConceptFascination, unveiled at the 2008 Paris motor show, and subsequent CLS Shooting Break show car, which was revealed at the 2010 Beijing motor show.

It will be sold in the UK with a limited range of engines from the existing CLS line-up and, surprisingly, boasts more luggage space than key rivals such as the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5-series Touring.

The modifications required in advancing the CLS Shooting Break show car to production readiness are slight. Only detailed features — and the spelling of the name — have undergone any alteration.

The new car sits on the same mechanical base as the CLS saloon and shares the same heavily sculptured styling through to its substantial B-pillars, including its signature frameless doors.

From the B-pillars aft, it receives a unique roof that slopes back at a more acute angle than any existing Mercedes estate. The rear door retains the same outer skin but receives reshaped glass and, in a measure to extend the car visually, there is an additional rear side window that serves to extend the glasshouse all the way back to the rear lights.

An angled rear window with rounded corners forms part of a shallow, automatically operating tailgate that opens to reveal a flat-floored boot.

Dimensionally, there are only minor differences between the CLS saloon and Shooting Brake. The length has extended by 16mm to 4956mm, width remains the same at 1881mm and height drops by 2mm to 1413mm. Both variants share the same 2875mm wheelbase as well as 1595mm front and 1625mm rear track widths.

Despite its distinctly sporting profile, the CLS Shooting Brake manages to pack an impressive 590 litres beneath its rear luggage cover. This is nowhere near the amount of space provided by the E-class estate, which possesses a sizeable 695 litres.

However, it is an impressive 25 litres more than Audi claims for the A6 Avant and 30 litres more than the BMW 5-series Touring offers. With the rear seats folded down, the CLS Shooting Brake’s overall luggage capacity increases to a class-competitive 1550 litres.

The CLS Shooting Brake shares its interior with the CLS saloon. Among the changes made to accommodate its reworked layout is a new three-abreast rear seat with back rests that can be folded down from the rear.

The tailgate provides access to a luggage compartment whose otherwise carpeted floor can be trimmed in a combination of cherry tree wood and brushed aluminium through Mercedes’ Designo options programme. This recalls the maritime-inspired look of the original ConceptFascination show car.

The CLS Shooting Brake will be sold with a more limited range of engines than the CLS saloon. In the UK, most sales will centre around two diesels: a price-leading 201bhp turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder in the CLS250 CDI model, and a 261bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 in the more comprehensively equipped CLS350 CDI variant.

They will be joined by a single petrol engine: a 518bhp twin-turbocharged 6.2-litre V8 in a yet-to-be-officially-confirmed CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake performance flagship, which is scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris motor show in September.

Two further petrol engines are available in other markets, including a 302bhp naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 in the CLS350 Shooting Brake and 402bhp twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre V8 in the CLS500. However, the high percentage of diesel sales in the UK’s upper executive estate car ranks means that they are unlikely to be sold here.

Mercedes’s new sporting estate will come as standard with an in-house-produced seven-speed automatic transmission with three modes of operation: eco, sport and manual. Also included are contemporary fuel-saving functions, such as automatic stop-start, brake-energy recuperation and on-demand operation of the engine ancillaries.

The range-topping AMG model uses a seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission) — essentially, a reworked version of the automatic, with an automatic clutch in place of the traditional torque converter for more rapid shifts.

Although Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system is available as an option on the CLS350 CDI and CLS500 Shooting Brake models in selected left-hand-drive markets, it won’t be offered in the UK because of what one official described to Autocar as “the prohibitively high cost of engineering the drive shaft to suit right-hand drive”.

The rear-wheel-drive CLS250 CDI bound for the UK is said to hit 62mph from rest in 7.8sec and reach a top speed of 146mph. Its claimed combined fuel economy is 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions are 139g/km. The CLS350 CDI Shooting Brake covers the 0-62mph dash in a claimed 6.6sec and is restricted to 155mph. It returns a claimed combined 47.1mpg and emits 159g/km of CO2.

With only a modest weight gain over the 1795kg CLS63 AMG saloon, the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake should achieve a 0-62mph time of about 4.5sec and will be electronically limited to 155mph.

The CLS Shooting Brake will be produced alongside the CLS saloon at Mercedes-Benz’s main Sindelfingen manufacturing facilities, near Stuttgart.

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29 June 2012

I think it looks brilliant, and quite good value too, especially with those great engines.

29 June 2012

Fidji5 wrote:

I think it looks brilliant, and quite good value too, especially with those great engines.

I too think it looks good. Very good actually, but i cant see how £48,000 for a 2.1 4 pot diesel can be good value. 

I am inpressed its still got more room in it than a 5 series or A6 Estate though, it really shows just how big the E class is. Its sad the 3.5 petrol wont make it here either, the CO2 is very impressive for a petrol.

29 June 2012

artill wrote:

I am inpressed its still got more room in it than a 5 series or A6 Estate though, it really shows just how big the E class is. Its sad the 3.5 petrol wont make it here either, the CO2 is very impressive for a petrol.

I can't believe that it's more roomy than a 5-Series Touring and an A6 Avant too. It's got form and function sewn up.

The naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 petrol engine develops over 300bhp, and in a heavy car, with no assistance from a hybrid drivetrain, it does 40mpg on the combined cycle. That's staggering! I considered one instead of the 3.0 V6 turbodiesel engine in my car, but I love the torque from the diesel engine - the '350CDI' engine develops more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a McLaren MP4-12C and an Aston Martin DBS. Not all of them put together, mind. It sounds fruity as well, although I imagine the petrol engine would sound even better. Maybe next time...

29 June 2012

Stunning and it looks better and far more resolved than the 4dr version. And I'm also very surprised that it has more luggage space than the more conventional A6 or5-Series estates. How long until an A7 or 6-Series estate appear......

30 June 2012

Lanehogger wrote:

Stunning and it looks better and far more resolved than the 4dr version. And I'm also very surprised that it has more luggage space than the more conventional A6 or5-Series estates. How long until an A7 or 6-Series estate appear......

Fully agree - a real beauty and definitely works better than [the current] 4dr.  Well done Mercedes!  Roll on the twin test against the XF Sportbrake.

Lanehogger - according to the "Confidential" column in last week's magazine, BMW are indeed working on a 6-series Gran Touring.  How could they afford not to, I suppose?  An A7 Avant, in the mould of the Avantissimo concept of a few years back?  Almost a certainty, I would have said.


29 June 2012

The original CLS broke moulds and this continues the trend, unlike its saloon brother. Really pleased to see more estates and hatches (A5 and A7 in mind) on the market. I've never understood why there are so many saloons on the road, do people not carry odd shaped loads?

30 June 2012

It looks great. I think the engine appears to be very

good.

amh

30 June 2012

I'll take the XF Sportbreak over this anytime.

30 June 2012

The only Merc (from the last 20years) I've lusted over. This looks stunning. Somewhat cheapened by the matt-gray paintjob that this and most other AMG's seem to have at the moment. 

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