Mercedes-Benz CLS and CLC Shooting Brake Models Headed to Production

Mercedes-Benz CLS and CLC Shooting Brake Models Headed to Production

There was once a time when it was OK to own a station wagon. Now most people in North America won’t be caught dead in one, and much prefer buying SUVs and crossovers instead.

However, the Europeans have always had a thing for wagons, especially fast ones, and have never stopped making them, although not many on this side of the Atlantic buy them.

The solution, make a cool wagon and call it something different altogether, e.g. Shooting Brake. It’s been a name given to fast wagons in the past, and now Mercedes-Benz will use this name for two of its newest models, the CLS and the CLC.

The CLS Shooting Brake has been expected for a long time now, and will be similar to the concept version which has been shown at motor shows around the world.

The CLC Shooting Brake however will be based on an all-new platform, and is aimed towards the Audi A5 Sportback and the upcoming BMW 3-series GT.

Engine choices for the CLS Shooting Brake will be similar to other CLS models, while the CLC will get a host of new engines, including four-cylinder turbos.

Expect these new models to start hitting the showrooms by late 2012.

GALLERY: Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake Concept


[Source: Auto News]