When Mercedes-Benz introduced the four-door CLS coupé in 2004, it broke all the rules about what a sedan should look like. Now it's doing the same for station wagons.
The CLS Shooting Brake is the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup. It and its high-performance sibling, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, are expected to make their public debuts at the Paris auto show in September.
The cars will go on sale this fall – in Europe. Unfortunately, there are no current plans to offer them in North America.
The CLS Shooting Brake adapts the traditional coupe proportions to the station-wagon format – without giving up as much in function as its appearance might suggest.
Mercedes-Benz says it's intended for people looking to differentiate themselves from the mainstream, who don't want to compromise on either sportiness or stowage space when it comes to travelling in style.
With a load volume of between 590 and 1550 litres, the luggage compartment offers a lot of room despite the flat, sporty lines of the roof, and is easy to use thanks to an automatically opening tailgate fitted as standard equipment.
The luggage compartment is lined with hand-stitched carpet, which is also incorporated into the sideliners, along with leather. 'Designer' load rails made of aluminum are options.
So is a 'designo' package that features a wooden luggage compartment floor, made of cherry wood. Inlaid three-millimetre-wide strips of darker smoked oak help to enhance the design of the wooden floor.
According to the company, this combination gives the luggage compartment a touch of elegance normally found on yachts.
While the CLS Shooting Brake is available with a range of engines, including both diesel and gasoline versions, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake offers just two choices.
Standard is an AMG 5.5-litre V-8 bi-turbo engine with a power output of 525 horsepower, coupled to an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission and riding on AMG Ride Control sports suspension.
For a limited time, there will also be a CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake "Edition 1," with an additional 32 horsepower and another 74 lb-ft of torque, as well as some exclusive appointments.
Pity, it won't be sold in Canada.