Mercedes-Benz first revived the four-door coupé market with the original CLS back in 2004 and now, with the launch of the CLS Shooting Brake, it has expanded the niche further by creating an estate version.
2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. Scroll down for more images.
At first sight it appears to be a pointless exercise - after all, who is going to bother with such an impractical vehicle? But in this case, looks certainly are deceptive because the Shooting Brake is a surprisingly capable load-carrier.
Rear air suspension and an automatically-opening tailgate are standard equipment, and folding the rear seats down increases cargo space from 590 to 1,550 litres. That’s significantly down on the cavernous E-Class Estate’s 1,950 litres, but it’s not much less than the 1,670 litres of the BMW 5 Series Touring, for example.
Of course, many potential buyers will be sold purely on the distinctive styling, with functionality being very much a secondary consideration. Indeed from some angles the design (which incidentally retains the trademark CLS frameless doors) arguably looks better proportioned than the four-door CLS.
A choice of four engines is going to be offered, all of which come with the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and feature a fuel-saving start/stop system. 4Matic all-wheel drive will also be available with the more powerful petrol and diesel options:
CLS Shooting Brake - Petrol Engines
Model CLS 350 CLS 500 CLS 500 4Matic
Engine V6 petrol V8 petrol V8 petrol
Displacement 3,498 cc 4,633 cc 4,633 cc
Power 301 bhp (225 kW / 306 PS) 402 bhp (300 kW / 408 PS) 402 bhp (300 kW / 408 PS)
Peak torque 370 Nm (272 lb/ft) 600 Nm (442 lb/ft) 600 Nm (442 lb/ft)
Combined fuel consumption 38.6 mpg (7.3 l/100km) 30.7 mpg (9.2 l/100km) 28.8 mpg (9.8 l/100km)
CO2 emissions 169 g/km 214 g/km 229 g/km
0-62 mph (100 km/h) 6.7 secs 5.3 secs 5.3 secs
Top speed 155 mph (250 km/h) 155 mph (250 km/h) 155 mph (250 km/h)
CLS Shooting Brake - Diesel Engines
Model CLS 250 CDI CLS 350 CDI CLS 350 CDI 4Matic
Engine I4 diesel V6 diesel V6 diesel
Displacement 2,143 cc 2,987 cc 2,987 cc
Power 201 bhp (150 kW / 204 PS) 261 bhp (195 kW / 265 PS) 261 bhp (195 kW / 265 PS)
Peak torque 500 Nm (368 lb/ft) 620 Nm (457 lb/ft) 620 Nm (457 lb/ft)
Combined fuel consumption 53.3 mpg (5.3 l/100km) 47.0 mpg (6.0 l/100km) 42.8 mpg (6.6 l/100km)
CO2 emissions 139 g/km 159 g/km 174 g/km
0-62 mph (100 km/h) 7.8 secs 6.6 secs 6.7 secs
Top speed 146 mph (235 km/h) 155 mph (250 km/h) 155 mph (250 km/h)
However, the choice for UK buyers will be somewhat restricted: right-hand drive versions of the CLS haven’t been engineered to accept 4Matic, and Mercedes-Benz has decided that only the diesel-engined models shall be sold here. Prices have yet to be confirmed.
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