Slated for sale in Europe this November, the first images and details of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake have leaked.
As of yet, plans for U.S. sale are unannounced and unlikely any time soon given the traditional American aversion to all things station wagon. Still, this is shaping up to be one of the best-looking takes on that sort of car, which leaves us brimming with hope.
Though much is internally the same as Mercedes’ CLS four-door coupe, the “shooting brake” version carries some significant changes, not the least of which is a longer wheelbase. The stretch means more legroom for rear seat passengers and additional cargo space, both of which bolster the car’s mix of utilitarian functionality and German style. Specifically, the car offers 54.7 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded and 21 with them upright.
Where many others fail to feather station wagon styling strokes gracefully, Mercedes seems right in its element. Customers will also be able to opt for cherry-wood decking in the cargo area and porcelain accents through the cabin, though leather and wood trim is also available. The car has a handsome exterior that downplays the big butt end by sloping it and shaping the rear windows to mimic the four-door CLS.
Backed by two engine options at its outset, the choice will fall between diesel powerplants. The first is an entry-level CLS250 CDI with 201 hp while the CLS350 CDI bumps that figure to 261 hp. An AMG model with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 will also be available, but in typical Mercedes fashion it will be late to the party.
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