We have been anxiously waiting for the covers to come off officially in 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, and by golly, the wait is finally over. Our enthusiasm, however, is tempered by Mercedes-Benz Head of Product & Technology Public Relations Christian Bokich, who says, “Currently, there are no plans to bring the CLS Shooting Brake in the United States.” To which we reply, “Boo!”
While we can take a bit ‘of issue with the claim of Mercedes-Benz, according to which “The proportions of the CLS Shooting Brake surprising, but they are clearly those of a coupe … but with five doors and a roof in the back that continues through, “we ‘re still very keen on the looks. “In essence represents the version of an unprecedented sports car with five seats and a large rear door,” adds MB, and that much can mostly agree.
In fact, this is a low wagon, similar in effect to the Cadillac CTS Wagon, and it looks great. Based on our observations about the CLS four-door hatchback coupe that is based on the Shooting Brake, we expect it to be a great car to drive, as well. The Europeans will have two petrol engines: a 3.5-liter V6 making 306 horsepower in the 408-hp CLS350 and a twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8 in the CLS500 – and two diesels – a 2.1-liter four-cylinder in the CLS250 CDI and a 3.0-liter V6 in the CLS350 CDI.
All but the four-cylinder is available with rear-wheel drive or 4Matic, the smallest engine that makes use of the rear wheels. Acceleration comes in 7.8 seconds at 62 mph for the CLS250 CDI, 6.7 and 5.3 seconds for the CLS350 to the CLS500. Top speed is limited to 155 mph
Emphasizing the most useful on its four-door brother, Mercedes has equipped the CLS Shooting Brake, with optional rail loading aluminum and wooden floor cargo area. Up to 1,550 liters (54.7 cubic feet) are available behind the standard power tailgate, adjustable air suspension and automatically ensures proper guidance and management with a load in place. There is also an optional kit for towing.