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Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's hardly a secret that the A- and B-Class hatchbacks are no great success for Mercedes-Benz. But M-B is working hard to make the next generation of both, based on common front-drive architecture, seriously competitive. But a shooting brake?

The retro body style is making a comeback, as we saw with Mercedes' own Shooting Break concept and the new Ferrari Four, and we could soon see it on a baby Benz. Along with a potential convertible, a shooting brake is one the additional configurations reportedly being considered for the range. Others in the pipeline include hatchbacks (like the existing models), a CLS-style coupe (with four doors or two) and an SUV to slot below the GLK and rival the BMW X1.

Beyond its own applications, Mercedes-Benz is also reportedly discussing the potential for industrial ally Renault-Nissan to use the Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA) for an entry-level Infiniti.

[Source: Automotive News – subs. req'd]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A + B class are horribly ugly. That's why they don't sell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is the best looking Mercedes i think i've seen since the original 'gull-wing'!
      • 4 Years Ago
      glad to see that hatchbacks are finally taking over the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By definition, a shooting brake has only two side doors, like Vega or Pinto wagons, may they rust in pieces. Four side doors=wagon or estate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally, someone gets it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Shooting Brake" has to be the absolute stupidest car descriptor I have ever heard. I have researched the history/meaning of the term the best I can and I still just can't get over it. I'm sorry, its terrible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lets just call it what it is...a wagon. And a damn fine looking one at that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care what they call it so long as there is the chance of reviving the love of the wagon in the states. Of course that is assuming Daimler brings it stateside.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I'd rather a wagon than some interpretation of a shooting brake
        (of which I consider the Honda CRX to be a better example)

        Or call it something unique like others do:
        Audi = Avant
        BMW = Touring
        Hyundai = Touring
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, this is the company that has sold four-door vehicles as "coupes" before, so an overly door-laden shooting brake shouldn't really come as a surprise
      • 4 Years Ago
      that is a stunning car, and i love the functionality of the interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      great for funerals :)
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