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?