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Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to put the CLS Shooting Brake into production in 2012, with the swoopy wagon set to be built along side a handful of other Benz models at its plant in Sindelfingen.

Originally shown in concept form at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, the CLS Shooting Brake will likely debut in production guise early next year. The standard CLS sedan powertrains will carry over to the wagon, including the CLS63 AMG version debuting at the LA Auto Show next week. Make the jump for the press blast.


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Decision for serial production: CLS Shooting Brake will be built in the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen
  • Market launch in the year 2012 and integration into the manufacturing process in Sindelfingen
  • Dr. Dieter Zetsche: "The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design."

The CLS Shooting Brake will go into serial production: As of 2012, the sporty four-door Coupé with sloping tail end based on the CLS will roll-off the assembly line in the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board Daimler AG and H ead of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "In 2004, Mercedes-Benz established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupé CLS and created a design icon. 170,000 customers around the globe show how enthusiastic this car has been received by the market. The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and that is exactly what the customers expect from us."

Sindelfingen, as largest production location of Mercedes-Benz globally, will add another model to its manufacturing portfolio. Currently, the plant is building the C-Class Sedan, the E-Class Sedan and Estate, the S-Class and the coupés CLS and CL as well as the Maybach models and Mercedes-Benz Guard vehicles. Recently, the plant started to produce the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a small series of the B-Class powered by a fuel cell. As of 2014, the Mercedes-Benz SL will also be manufactured in Sindelfingen. The decision for the CLS Shooting Brake also reflects the flexibility of the plant: The new model will be build on the same production line as the CLS and the E-Class Sedan.

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Production and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans: "This new model with its high emotional appeal is another highlight for the Sindelfingen plant. The location decision is an evidence for the significance of the plant as competence centre for the luxury class. The CLS Shooting Brake will contribute to a sustainable capacity utilization in this core location of our production network."

The fresh and exciting interpretation of the emotionally-appealing Coupé-based design had its premiere as a show car at Auto China in April 2010. Now, this insight by Mercedes designers into the possible future development of the Coupé concept will become reality. In 2012, the CLS Shooting Brake will be launched to the market.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars: "The CLS still makes waves with its fascinating design and wows customers for our brand. With the new generation of the CLS we expand our pioneering role in this segment. We aim to extend this success story with the CLS Shooting Brake and complement our product portfolio with another appealing model. This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further. At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

The proportions are clearly those of a coupé: the long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has four doors and a large rear lid. The model features some astonishing proportions which at the same time are clearly reminiscent of another design icon - the CLS.

It's all in a name: the origins of the name "Shooting Brake"
Break, or the homonym Brake, was the name once given to carriages used to "break" in wild horses and also to restrict (or "brake") their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses. Since the carts could easily be broken as part of this process, people tended not to use ones which they may have urgently needed for other purposes. Where necessary, "Brakes" were often fitted out with variable bodies, which were only really used to carry along anything that may have been necessary for the hunt, for example. Any such vehicle which was used when going out shooting was called a Shooting Brake or Shooting Break. In the 1960s and 1970s motorised Shooting Breaks were popular in Great Britain – exclusive cross-over vehicles, which combined the luxuriousness of a coupé with extended space on offer and additional variability.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's...just a wagon. Shooting brakes have three doors. Not five. Bad Mercedes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CLS proved that "coupe" can be used to describe a 4 door as well... Seems like M-B is going for the same thing here
        • 4 Years Ago
        A shooting brake is generally synonymous with a 3-door shell but the term has more to do with a fast, sporty, but luxurious machine with the utility of a wagon. As for coupe, nowhere is the textbook definition of a coupe states that the shell should be a 2-door. Coupes are simply saloons with extremely raked rear rooflines, usually shortened wheelbases to accommodate a shell generally reduced from 4 to 2 doors. It's only the American perception that a coupe should strictly be a 2-door configuration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "And here, I thought "fastback" was the proper word for a non-notched rear... Silly me."

        A fastback doesn't necessarily have a full rear door.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where did you get the notion that I was using "fastback" to describe anything but the rear shape?

        I think I know what a "hatchback", "liftback" and "5-door" all represent, separate from a "fastback" shape.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I think I know what a "hatchback", "liftback" and "5-door" all represent, separate from a "fastback" shape."

        My apologies - I thought you were making reference to the vehicle which is the subject of the article, which, as we all know, is nothing like a fastback.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but then again Mercedes calls the CLS 4dr a coupe! ??

        The CLS wagon is U G L Y
        • 4 Years Ago
        Phooky, the CLS proved nothing of the sort. Its a sharp looking car but its still a sedan and this is just a wagon. MB can call it what ever they want but that doesn't make it true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And here, I thought "fastback" was the proper word for a non-notched rear... Silly me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Groza I agree.. 'prove' was the wrong word choice. I too hate the use of the word coupe for anything with more than 2 doors.

        But the fact that countless other automakers have since released their own version of the 'four door coupe' shows that the label caught on.

        But yes, this is just a wagon. But it's a damn good looking wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently, 4 doors is the new 2 doors.

        It's a station wagon.

        ...

        And I can't wait to see woodgrain wrap on the sides of this thing!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can call it whatever they want. That doesn't make it anything other than a wagon. Or the CLS anything but a sedan with a sloped roofline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a heck of a lot better looking than BMW's hatch disaster twins (X6, 5GT).

      But M-B, it has 4 doors, it's a wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I wasn't referring to the sales figures, but the appearance. Both are ugly."

        You probaby think the Volt is somehow handsome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hey, nice wagon!
        • 4 Years Ago
        M-B Magnum...exactly!

        Further evidence of how much M-B screwed Chrysler. They publicly shunned a lot of concepts and production models from the Chrysler brands as "beneath them" and not really worthy of M-B luxury adaptations --- now they're basically copying Chrysler's small successes.

        I like it the design. Hate 'n the player, but not his game...
        • 4 Years Ago
        A hatchback by any other name: Wagon, CUV, SUV...

        I always picture a shooting brake more like the Honda CRX
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually, with a second look, especially with that grille...it sorta looks like the M-B Magnum...lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know right?!

        I love those MB and BMW estate cars. Especially the M/AMG series, they are badass sleeper luxury muscle cars. This looks really good, I hope it comes out the way it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boy an R class with less room!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd prefer some sort of SL63 AMG shooting brake over this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only way a 4-door can be called a coupe is when the 2 rear doors are not independent of the front, like the former saturn ion quad coupe and the mazda rx-8!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't worry, we won't see on US soil.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic, now give it to America please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Concept pics are kinda sexy. The interior is nuts. i like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool seats
      • 4 Years Ago
      The term Shooting Brake is a British one, the German's need to come up with one of their own

      Schießenwagen
        • 4 Years Ago
        And coupe is French, but nobody else has any problem using the term. The French don't seem to mind, either.
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