• Dec 22, 2009
Mercedes Benz ConceptFASCINATION - click for high-res gallery

German automakers have apparently all developed kyphosis, as witnessed by the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the impending Audi A7 Sportback, and the Porsche Panamera. It seems the time is right for humpty-backed automobiles from Deutschland. Mercedes used the ConceptFASCINATION to spearhead the launch of its redesigned E-Class, and while it got everyone all excited during auto show season in 2008, few thought it would amount to anything productiony. That's all changed now. Sure, there are wagons; it's hard to name a more proper Estate Car than the E-Class wagon; but that's not the brass ring everyone seems to be stretching for here.

Expected at the next Paris Motor Show in October 2010, Autointernationaal reports that a new CLS will debut with the expected rakish form – as well as a shooting brake version. While we're all ogling pictures of the fetching three-door concept shown above, the production version is expected to carry four doors and a liftgate. While the show vehicle is fetching with its paucity of points of entry, four doors are apparently important for interesting the Asian market. Don't think of this rumored model as a replacement for anything else utilitarian in the Mercedes lineup; the CLS Brake is unlikely to usurp the R-Class and its unsalability. Rather, it will offer another stylish option in a package that is more car than bus. The world could do with more brakes - shoot on, we say.




[Source: Autointernationaal.nl (Google Translated)]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How is it a shooting brake if it has four doors?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking. That just sounds like a wagon, not a shooting brake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pete, you're absolutely right. Using this line of thinking we must by extension call the Dodge Magnum a shooting brake because clearly it's based on the coupe-ish Charger. Sorry, not buying it here. Mercedes Benz called their hactchback C Class a coupe too. Don't get me wrong, the CLS is a very attractive car but we don't have to go along with them and start calling it a coupe. That would just be encouraging bad behavior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        unless they do some crazy half-rear door thing... I thought that was a good idea until I had a truck with those doors.

        They seem handy until you get trapped between them, with an arm load of stuff, and no way out without shutting the doors in order.

        With 4 full doors, it basically would be a nice slick touring wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can Mercedes get away with those huge body panel gaps???
      • 5 Years Ago
      New E-Class estate? yes please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't the B-Class supposed to come to the U.S. market twice already? Will the redesigned one come?

      It's been a sales success in Canada, has it not? I certainly have seen enough of them on the streets of Toronto.

      The R-Class sold poorly because it's obnoxiously huge, and most people aren't looking for that anymore (thank goodness).
      • 5 Years Ago
      dear mercedes-benz,

      please build this. and i will come.

      your most humble servant in pursuits victorious,

      sir. williamson
        • 5 Years Ago
        I tried that with Mercedes Canada and the C-Class wagon. No luck. I even promised to buy one. Seems that they think all the brain dead North Americans want are trucks when it comes to a useful vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I ever bought a mercedes, this would be the one
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's really annoying when Autoblog puts a picture of an unrelated vehicle at the top of a post. Or, alternatively, when people don't read that the picture is unrelated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *cough* Accord Crosstour *cough*
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not even in the same ballpark.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be SWEET!
      • 5 Years Ago
      good looking vehicle.
      still not sold on that rear haunch MB is moving into all of its vehicles.
      feels a little Bently, but less macho on the MB.
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