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Mercedes Fascination — Paris motor show - 2008

The Mercedes stand is very busy. We tell
you this both to justify our somewhat rubbish pictures of the very nice Fascination
concept, and also to justify the somewhat heated exchange we’ve just had with a
large man in a suit who kept on standing in the way when we were trying to take
said pictures.

From what we could see of it, the
Fascination looks great. It’s a shooting brake concept that, says Merc, is a
one-off study that gives their designers a chance to play around with posh
interior decor and clever surfacing.

It’s got some great angles - the
pillarless window line gives the Fascination a sleek, swept back look, and the
sleek, curved lines running over the arches are spot-on, too. Which was exactly
what we said to the aforementioned large man in a suit. But in slightly
different words.

The cabin is seriously plush, too - all
polished wood and aluminium and white tiger-skin seats. The last one of those
isn’t true.

There’s something more important going on
here than design show-offingness, though. The Fascination’s front end, double
headlights and all, give - in the words of one Merc insider - ‘a very strong
indication’ of the design on the next E-Class, set to arrive early next year.

No bad thing, that. We won’t see a
shooting brake, sadly, but we reckon that nose should look good out front on
the E-Class saloon and coupe.

Coupe, you say? Oh yes. We’re told that the next CLS will be branded the E-Class
Coupe instead. So long as it looks as good as the Fascination, we don’t care.

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