Following the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake concept’s debut at the 2012 Beijing auto show, the automaker announced plans to actually build a version of the stylish yet practical four-door. Now the automaker has released details on the production version of the CLS Shooting Brake, which isn’t planned for the U.S. market.
The production version of the CLS Shooting Brake retains the concept car’s dramatic styling with its long hood, shallow greenhouse, and roofline that sweeps back to the tailgate. Aluminum is used in the frameless doors, tailgate, hood, front fenders, as well as in the chassis and suspension. Inside, the CLS Shooting Brake’s foldable rear seats include room for a fifth passenger.
Mercedes will offer five interior colors, five trim designs, and three varieties of leather for the CLS Shooting Brake. Interior wood choices include high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash, and satin-finish light-brown poplar. Customers can specify piano lacquer or AMG carbon fiber/black piano lacquer trim elements as well as new porcelain interior appointments.
The CLS’ well-trimmed interior continues in the cargo area, which is lined with high-quality carpet and features leather trim on the side panels. The designo wood-lined luggage compartment floor uses American cherry tree wood, which contrasts with the inlaid smoked oak and brushed aluminium rails, and is supposedly inspired by yachts. Rubber inserts in the aluminium rails protect the wood floor and prevent cargo from sliding around. The rear seats fold to expand cargo capacity while a cargo cover blocks contents from view. A power-operated tailgate is standard.
CLS Shooting Brake buyers can choose among two diesel and two gas engines, each mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with start-stop capability. Diesel choices include the 2.1-liter I-4 in the CLS250 CDI like the one we’ll get in the GLK250 crossover, and a 3.0-liter V-6 in the CLS350 CDI. Mercedes will also offer the CLS350 model with a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine and the twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 in the CLS500. All-wheel drive is available with the diesel V-6 and gas V-8 engines.
The CLS Shooting Brake will be offered with all of the regular CLS sedan options including LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring system, lane departure warning system, as well as radar-guided cruise control and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe braking system. Even though the market for a CLS Shooting Brake might be slim in the U.S., we can’t wait to find out how it performs against hatchback competitors like the Audi A7.