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Mercedes unveils the CLS Shooting Brake

It's an estate version of a coupe version of a saloon, got that?

Mercedes has officially unveiled the new CLS Shooting Brake, placing them in yet another self-made niche market as they did with the original CLS. The original model broke the mould by taking a four door saloon and giving it a coupe-like profile, melding style with practicality. The 2nd generation CLS was technically a better car but some thought the looks weren’t as special. Having said that, with time the looks seem to have improved and the CLS now sits as quite a striking design.

Mercedes always want to push the envelope though, which brings forth the new CLS Shooting Brake, essentially an estate version of the standard model. But whereas the estate version of the E-Class majors on load space and practicality, this CLS Shooting Brake majors on style with a nod to practicality. The body is the same as the CLS up to the windscreen, from there back we have a large swooping roofline that stops at the heavily angled rear tailgate. The tailgate rises to reveal an incredibly opulent cherry and oak wood-lined load area with aluminium rails.

The cabin echoes the standard model and features leather upholstery, wood trim and metallic accents. The boot holds 590 litres with the seats up, rising to 1550 litres with them folded.

Under the hood, four different engines are available. The CLS 250 CDI has a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 201 bhp and 369 lb/ft of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 146 mph. This will most likely be the biggest seller in the UK with an impressive 54 mpg rating combined with just 139 g/km of CO2.

There is also the CLS 350 CDi with 261 bhp and 457 lb/ft of torque which hits 62 mph in 6.6 seconds.

On the petrol front there is a 302 bhp 3.5 litre V6 in the CLS 350 and the current range-topping CLS 500 which features a twin turbo 4.6 litre V8 producing 402 bhp and 442 lb/ft of torque. This gives a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

As with all the models in the Mercedes range, the most exciting model is yet to come – the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. Featuring the tried and tested 5.5 litre twin turbo V8 with 518 bhp it will certainly be quite a package, offering amazing performance with great looks and practicality.

Prices will be revealed nearer to the official UK launch.

Images courtesy of Mercedes

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more