Based off of the CLS Coupe, the Shooting Brake keeps all the same design elements, except for the obvious growth in the rear-end. An enlarged cargo area and hatchback are added to the coupe to make the Shooting Brake, complete with an auto up and down lift gate. 54.7 cubic feet of storage space is available with the rear seats folded down, while you get 21 when the rear seats are upright.
Standard air suspension at the rear of the vehicle helps to bolster the added weight that will probably be found there thanks to the added cargo room. Mercedes also paid close attention the weight of the Shooting Brake by using frameless, all-aluminium doors, and many other aluminium parts.
Interior appointment will not be lacking in the CLS Shooting Brake, with optional cherry-wood decking in the cargo area and porcelain accents through the cabin, though leather and wood trim is also available.
There will be two diesel engines and two gas engines available for the Shooting Brake. Common among all of them will be a stop/start fuel-saving function and a 7-speed automatic transmission. The base CLS 250 CDI gets its power from a 4-cylinder in-line diesel that makes 204 hp and returns a mileage rating of around 44 mpg combined on the European cycle. A step up from the base is the CLS 350 CDI diesel that makes 265 hp and nets a 39 mpg combined rating. The two gas engines sit on top of the range, one of them being a V6 that makes 306 hp and the largest being a V8 Biturbo which produces 408 hp. These two engines return combined fuel ratings of around 25 mpg and 24 mpg respectively.
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.
Check out the video and gallery to see the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.