Mercedes-Benz has launched the new CLS Shooting Brake.
While unmistakably coupé in its proportions, the new CLS opens up a wealth of new possibilities with five doors and a roof extending back all the way to the rear end.
"Functionality is obligatory for a vehicle — our customers take this for granted. What sets a car apart is a special fascinating quality. The CLS Shooting Brake combines functionality and fascination in a unique and stylish way," says Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The CLS Shooting Brake's proportions create a crouched posture: long bonnet, narrow window profile with frameless side windows, roof sloping dynamically towards the rear and continuing to the tail end of the vehicle. Only on closer look it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has five doors and offers more in terms of function.
In essence it represents an unprecedented version of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate. It is a special proposition for people looking to differentiate themselves from the mainstream, and who do not wish to compromise on either sportiness or stowage space when it comes to travelling in style.
"The CLS Shooting Brake is based on the great tradition of stylish sportiness which has always characterised Mercedes-Benz, and takes these unique icons an exciting step further. It stands for the enhanced design idiom of Mercedes-Benz which is oriented towards aesthetic, avant-garde principles," adds Govender.
An optional designo wood luggage compartment floor is available, which highlights the interior's hand-crafted character. The American cherry wood is a classic fine wood variety which contrasts effectively with the fumed oak inlaid work and the aluminium rails.
With a load volume of between 590 and 1550 litres, the luggage compartment offers a lot of room despite the flat, sporty lines of the roof, and is easy to use thanks to the automatically opening tailgate fitted as standard. A load compartment cover also protects luggage from prying eyes.
The standard air suspension at the rear helps to ensure optimum road-holding at all times. For additional flexibility, the rear seat backrests can be folded down from the luggage compartment as standard thanks to EASY-PACK quickfold load compartment system. The rear seats themselves provide room for three people, with individual seats on the outsides and a third seat in the middle. The three saddle-type head restraints on the rear seats can be lowered at the touch of a button by the driver or manually by the passengers.
The CLS Shooting Brake is available with three engine variants — three petrol engines — CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG. The CLS 350 BlueEFFICICIENCY with the V6 naturally aspirated engine and the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY with the V8 bi-turbo engine both come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Both the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG come with the ECO start/stop function as standard.
The dynamic top model of the Shooting Brake range is the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, fitted with an AMG V8 biturbo engine rated at 386kW which delivers 700Nm and comes with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission. With the "Edition 1" variant, these performance values rise to 410kW and 800Nm.
CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake: R835 000
CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake: R1 044 000
CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake: R1 380 000
CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake "Edition 1": Plus R145 900