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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted testing a prototype version of the 2012 Mercedes-Bez CLS Shooting Brake. As these images prove, the styling of the new Shooting Brake will be carried over from the concept originally unveiled at the Auto China car show in April 2010.

From the front, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake is essentially the CLS four-door coupe currently on sale. It showcases Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language with the new shape headlights and LEDs and plenty of chrome trimmings.

It’s at the back where things become interesting. Traditionally, Shooting Brake vehicles take on a stylish two-door wagon form, a bit like a panel van coupe. With the upcoming CLS Shooting Brake though, it will retain the four-door layout. The roof does swoop down considerably though to form an elegant flowing profile.

As for the engines and trim levels, Mercedes-Benz is yet to confirm official data, but the new model is expected to come in most flavours of the normal CLS four-dour coupe. This includes a CLS 350 3.5-litre V6 producing 200kW and 350Nm of torque, and a CLS500 model featuring the new Mercedes-Benz 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8, producing 320kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

A CLS 63 AMG model is also on the cards, featuring the new AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 which produces 400kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

The sleek new Shooting Brake will go on sale in 2012, likely as a 2013 model. What do you think of it?




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