• Jun 3, 2009
Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Body-styles in Mercedes' staple E-Class range have been taken on a heck of a roller coaster these past few years. The original included sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible variants. Then the latter two were split off as the CLK, but after introducing the CLS as essentially a four-door coupe version of the E-Class, Mercedes opted to bring the two-door variants back into the fold for the current generation. Recent rumors have suggested that Mercedes could delay the wagon and cabrio versions, and even re-introduce the CLK alongside the E-Class Coupe, but with neither of those conjectures looking very likely, the latest report from the rumormongers at Auto Express suggest that Mercedes could be planning yet another body-style for the E-Class range: a three-door shooting brake.

For the uninitiated, a shooting brake is an old-school body-style that melds a station wagon with a coupe, traditionally, such load-lugging solutions have been arrived at by hiring a coachbuilder to turn a sedan or a coupe into a wagon. Think Chevrolet Nomad and you're not far off. And with the German auto industry playing an increasingly intricate game of one-upmanship with segment-busting body-styles, Mercedes apparently looks poised to take things one step further with a fifth E-Class form. The prospect looks even more likely when you consider that the current E-Class' design was previewed in the first place by a shooting brake show car called the Concept Fascination at last year's Paris show. If Daimler decides to give the three-door E the green light, it'd likely carry over the mechanicals and engine options from its two-door counterpart, including four, six and eight-cylinder gasoline and clean diesel powerplants. Whether an AMG version like the sedan is offered or nixed like the coupe's remains to be seen, however, but we could get a look at a production prototype as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, so stay tuned.



[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked this concept whenI first saw the pictures. If I could afford it, I would buy this over a E coupe, especially if they give it the E250 CDI engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I kind of like this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. It's attractive, but the sloping rear roofline reduces cargo capacity and visibility. A wagon is about utility. I'd rather have a regular e-series wagon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dont think mercedes was concerned with costco shoppers when they were designing this car :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bloke: reality check. The Mrs. and I have no kids. I do load up the car at Costco. Furthermore, wing-shooting is done with a shotgun, not a rifle.

        The market for this is minuscule.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jared: when I said "reality check", I meant get with reality. A shooting brake is not designed for the same purposes an estate car is. It's meant to be a sports car with some degree of utility. Whatsmore, it matters not the type of weapon - you understand what I meant about the purpose.

        So stop whinging about it being smaller than a regaular E-Class estate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jared: reality check. A shooting brake is about carrying green wellies, a rifle, a couple of dead grouse and a hunting dog. It's not about loading up with groceries and three kids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't they already make a minivan (cough cough R-Class cough cough)...kidding kidding (as I know it is just my subjective opinion).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy one, but I sure hope they build it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be all over one of these. Bye bye M3.
      You can have a coupe and a wagon!!?
      Ok, i can have kids now.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks nice in person. Maybe one or two extra lines in the sheet metal (could be simplified a bit). Other than that, great looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That might just be the sexiest wagon I've ever laid eyes on but after what Daimler did to Chrysler, I wouldn't touch their product. Ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot? Not in my opinion.
      I'll take the BMW Gran Turismo over this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ewwwwwwwwwww!! The concept sure, it's real nice...but the real thing! Glad you like it, 'cause it's ugly...Aztec ugly. I'd WAAAY sooner drive this. I'd way sooner drive a Soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, there's one running around LA now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might as well, with sales tanking worse than BMW or Audi maybe variants like this will help stave off the hemorrhaging of money and market position.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or they could fold that idea and make a SWB S-Class-sized Maybach and spice up a brand that could actually USE some more models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn! That's hot!!! Way better than that old 81 Diplomat wagon I used to drive. (though who can argue creamy white paint and wood grain? I mean c'mon, that's classic!) I betcha the wife would even consider something like this. Love it!!
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