• The new Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake production car is revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Yes, after some leaked photos yesterday, the new wagon that would be a coupe has made its official debut.
Mercedes describes the new CLS Shooting Brake as anything other than an estate: “in essence it represents an unprecedented version of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate,” says the company
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.
At the rear there is a longer roof, extended glasshouse and automatically opening tailgate — all of which help provide the CLS Shooting Brake with added levels of practicality over the CLS sedan despite its sporting profile.
While it does look sleek, the Shooting Brake is a large vehicle that measures 4,956mm (195.2 inches) long, 1,881mm (74.1 inches) wide and 1,413 mm (55.6 inches) tall. This means it has the same width with the CLS sedan but it is 16mm longer and surprisingly, 3mm lower than the coupe it is based upon.
OK – it will be offered in five trim designs, five interior colors and three varieties of leather. 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.
Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake Engines:
The CLS Shooting Brake will be available with four different engines: two petrol and two diesels.
The entry-level engine is a 201-hp, 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder, accompanied by CLS250 CDI badging; the other diesel is a 262-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 bolted into the CLS350 CDI.
The more powerful 350 CDI has 265bhp and 457lb ft and takes 6.6sec to reach 62mph. Naturally it’s a little thirstier, achieving 47mpg and emitting 159g/km of CO2.
If diesel is not for you, you can chose the petrol CLS 350 with a 302hp (306PS) 3.5-liter V6 or the CLS 500 sporting a 4.7-liter V8 turbo producing 402hp (408PS).
Also, next year Mercedes will provide the AMG version of the CLS Shooting Brake. The vehicle will be equipped as expected with the 5.5-liter bi-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 530bhp (537PS).
AS expected, and mostly because this is an top of the line Mercedes, it comes with a lot of toys and technology.
Full LED High Performance headlamps with Intelligent Light System and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS, BAS PLUS, PRE SAFE ….
Inside, the Mercedes Command is the “nerv center” while everything you get inside the standard CLS you will get in the new CLS Shooting Brake.