Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that a Shooting Brake variant of the CLS is in the works. Inspired by the Shooting Break concept shown at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, the new body style of this "four-door coupe" is expected to be brought to market in 2012.
"This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterized the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further," said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars. "At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."
We hope the car makes it to the U.S. as an attractive wagon-like vehicle like this might make some affluent buyers rethink their decision to purchase a crossover. A four-door premium hatchback with an emphasis on style like the CLS Shooting Brake will compete with everything from an Acura ZDX and BMW X6 to the Audi A7.
The CLS Shooting Brake will be produced at Mercedes-Benz's Sindelfingen plant. A number of vehicles are already made at Sindelfingen including the CLS, CL coupe, E-Class sedan and wagon, S-Class, and SLS AMG.
Adding the Shooting Brake body style to the CLS lineup could provide a healthy boost to CLS sales. Through October, CLS sales total 1645 units, a decrease of 29.6 percent over the first 10 months of 2009. That total is lower than every Mercedes except the CL coupe, SLS AMG, and G-Class SUV.
For more on the concept that will heavily influence the production CLS Shooting Brake, head here.