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by Brett Davis

Although the car was originally just a cool concept, a bit of a ‘look what we can do’ type car, Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed it will put the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake into production, ready for the showroom in 2012.

The car was unveiled as a concept at the Auto China car show in April earlier this year. The car will be based on the just-released Mercedes-Benz CLS platform, sporting a very similar headlight and front end arrangement.

At the back, it presents that sloped down, curved rear wagon design with all new tail lights and tailgate. It will be built at the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz Plant in Germany, on the CLS and the E-Class production line.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said upon the announcement,

“The CLS still makes waves with its fascinating design and wows customers for our brand. With the new generation of the CLS we expand our pioneering role in this segment. We aim to extend this success story with the CLS Shooting Brake and complement our product portfolio with another appealing model.

“This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupes, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further. At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”

So maybe we can expect more Shooting Brake styles in the future; a sporty alternative to the traditional wagon perhaps? The only difference between this and a wagon is the lack of a fifth/middle seat in the back, instead there’s a large centre console running through the middle.

No official confirmation has been made, but reports say to expect a similar range of trim levels and engine packages as the normal Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe. An AMG version is also likely.

The Shooting Brake is scheduled to hit the showrooms during 2012.




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