Last time we saw the non-AMG skin of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake it was bathed in red paint and caked in Arctic snow and grime. Warmer times have brought new shots of a black car – which we'll christen The Scarab – on standard wheels wearing nothing but a shine and a wisp of camo. Its shape has found a way to divide opinion, as the CLS-Class has always done, and we'll admit that yes, perchance there's something faintly Romulan about it, but we're totally sold on the looks.

Right now, there's nothing left to the imagination but the aft-most sliver of window – that final angle of chrome is an application. We expect all blanks to be filled in come the Paris Motor Show in September, which should see the reveal of the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG versions of the sleekest wagon this side of Rigel 5. The high-res gallery is above, and you should check it out.

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      First, I think the car looks fantastic. But I thought shooting brakes were 2-door wagons. Isn't a 4-door wagon just ...a station wagon?
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      I wonder if when they release it they are going to force the media to call it a four-door-wagon-coupe.
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      Love it
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      So when this fails in the US market, makers will use it as another example of Americans not buying wagons. No, Americans wont by wagons that look like this.
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      this is gonna be just awesome. much better than the 'coupe' version. this and the a7 are gonna be my favourite ones of this kind
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember when "shooting brakes" used to be called station wagons.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        They still are, unless they are proper shooting brakes with 2 side doors, or a funky station wagon variation of the Mercedes CLS four door sedan, which itself is so special, according to Mercedes, that it should be called a "coupe".
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      Let's call it what it really is: "STATIONWAGON". Brings back memories of the very stylish for its time Mercury Colony Park.
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      Nice looking hearse.
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      I usually feel a little bit of jealousy when i see cars in other markets that we cant get here in the US, but ah.... Not with this ugly thing.
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