Mercedes finds a new niche to fill with a five-door version of the CLS.
If you're in the market for a Mercedes Estate car but find the E class a little too bland, the C class too small and couldn't possibly be seen in an R class, Merc now has a solution for you: the CLS Shooting Brake.
The four-door coupe CLS has been a big hit for Mercedes with 170,000 units of the first generation version being sold in its six year life, and arch-rivals Audi and BMW have developed their own versions in the form of the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. With the Shooting Brake, Mercedes aim to stay one step ahead in this niche by adding a dose of increased practicality without sacrificing the style the model has become known for.
Engine-wise, the Shooting Brake will initially be offered in the UK with two diesels - the 204bhp 250CDI and the 265bhp 350CDI, and a CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake will join the range early in 2013. As for pricing, expect the Shooting Brake to carry a premium over the four door CLS with prices from £48,000.
Below are two videos from Mercedes, the first is rather bland but informative while the second lets you hear the rumble of the AMG V8 in the CLS63.