Late last year, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that its seriously pretty CLS Shooting Brake concept would go into production, and our trusty spy photographers have now caught the first test mules out on the road near the automaker's headquarters. Aside from the addition of some shapely new sheetmetal at the car's hind quarters, not much is expected to change from the standard CLS-Class sedan range, and that's just fine with us.

Expect Merc's new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 to be the base engine at launch, with a CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake (be still our hearts!) coming down the pipeline. When Mercedes-Benz initially confirmed that the five-door CLS would go into production, we were told it would arrive sometime in 2012, and because these test mules appear to be nearly done with the development phase, we wouldn't be surprised if the final car debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next March (if not sooner).


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      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the words of MBA-holding MB marketing team: this is a shooting brake of our four-door coupé. In the words of everyone else: this is a good-looking station wagon.
      Don G
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why did they even bother with the camo?
      dli6990
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is never going to come to America...so sad
      Carman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm... Dodge Magnum all over again.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      it will look nearly exactly like the concept, which was amazingly looking. bmw now really blows....no sports car (sls/r8) and no special car (cls/a7) in sight. (no, i won't count 6 gran coupe and i8)
      ShadowVlican
      • 3 Years Ago
      long car is long
      ProLiberal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like an A-Class in front of it.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice wagon.
      Luke Lau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh my. That's going to take some getting used to.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What AMG has seemingly come to stand for: Anti-Manual Gearbox. How great would this thing be with M-B's new TT DI 5.5L V-8 & a three-pedal setup? A really high-dollar alternative to the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon.
      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Four doors make it a sedan, two doors a coupe, five doors a wagon; folding roof: a convertible. 4-door coupe? please stop that. Shooting brake? oh how old british that is and why bring it up now. Manufacturers should just make the cars, not the categories. btw, that's a wagon (or estate, for you continentals).
      Joshua Bolden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the beautiful production version
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