The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is one of the more interestingly designed models in the automaker’s portfolio. We’ve known about the upcoming CLS Shooting Brake variant for quite some time and now our spy shutterbug caught another tester out on the streets.
Benz has largely foregone camouflage on this particular black (dark brown?) tester. We can see more of the taillights, for example. These closely mimic the concept car that we first saw at the 2010 Beijing Auto show. We also get a better look at the rear quarter window that is cleverly and convincingly disguised to have a Hofmeister kink. Though the production version will be rounded in traditional Benz style, we prefer the former.
As previously reported, everything ahead of the B-pillar will be cosmetically and mechanically identical to the current CLS-Class. That means it should be powered by the CLS550’s 402-hp and 443-lb-ft 4.7-liter V-8. Other options should include Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system and a CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake for the speed junkies. In case you forget, the AMG’s mill is a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated at 525 hp and 516 lb-ft (550 hp and 590 lb-ft with the AMG sport package).
We suspect the CLS Shooting Brake will arrive in European showrooms sooner than later, but at this point is still wishful thinking to expect this special CLS on our shores. We’ve said it before and we’ll gladly say it again – this thing would look perfect sharing the showroom with the E-Class wagon.