Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break confirmed for production
Mercedes will make the CLS Shooting Break concept a production reality when it goes on sale in 2012.
In 2010 the Shooting Break concept premiered at the Beijing Motor Show with the major topic of debate being its estate make-up but coupe-like appearance, courtesy of its sloped rear-end.
Despite looking like the embodiment of a coupe the Mercedes actually has four doors and a large rear lid confirming its estate-like qualities.
The name itself is symbolic of its straddling of two bodystyles.
The term ‘break’ was originally used to describe the conditioning of horses in to ‘work’ horses however more recently it has been used to describe an exclusive cross-over vehicle with a coupe-style yet the luggage space of an estate.
The concept is loosely based on the CLS saloon however it will also feature the new-look grille that features on the SLS.
As a concept the CLS was fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 engine however no powertrains have been confirmed. It has been suggested that the Shooting Break will also feature engines from the original CLS saloon, including the powerful 4.6-litre V8 flagship.
Professor Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz said: "The Shooting Break concept car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further,
"At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."
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