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30 June 2012

Merc CLS Shooting Brake is here

Merc adds a five-door estate to is luxury coupe saloon

Girish Karkera
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Mercedes-Benz unveiled a ‘Shooting Brake’ or broadly speaking an Estate version of its popular CLS luxury coupé, at the Mercedes-Benz World near London. According to the manufacturer, the car is aimed at those who want a coupé for their personal use but do not want to compromise on its practicality as a family car.

Thus, the Shooting Brake gets the CLS a fifth door and an extra seat at the rear now, making it reasonably easier for three to sit behind.

The design is seamless and well-proportioned and from certain angles it does look handsome despite its huge length. The boot can now swallow anywhere between 590 to 1,550 litres of luggage. Among interesting bits is the wooden floor there with intelligent ways to keep the luggage in place.

There will be two engine options – 350 and 500 both in petrol and diesel. Additionally, there will also be a four-wheel drive version for each top-of-the-line petrol and diesel variant. The Flagship CLS 500 4MATIC is obviously the quickest of the lot with a dash to 100kph taking just 5.3 seconds. All engines will be mated to seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

Mercedes hopes to bring the car as a full import into India if there is a demand. But expect it to be at premium over the CLS’s price tag if it does. For now, the car will be available in the UK.

Alright then TopGearheads, let's start making the demand, shall we?

 

Tags: cls shooting brake, mercedes benz

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