This is the first sight of the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. It’s set to go on sale in the UK in November. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be around £48,000.
Mercedes refers to the new model as “a sports coupe with five doors and a roof that extends all the way to the rear”, and calls it a ‘Shooting Brake’, but to you and me, it’s an estate car.
It’s certainly more style-conscious than the larger E-Class and fits in with Mercedes’ direction of appealing to younger customers.
Changes from the saloon? Well the Shooting Brake has three seats in the rear, instead of the normal CLS which is set up as a strict two-seater in the back. And the estate gets 590 litres of load space, which grows to 1550 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
There’s two diesel engines available from launch: a four-cylinder 201bhp 250CDI BlueEfficiency, capable of 53.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2, and the 350CDI V6 turbodiesel. The V6 car takes the 0-62mph sprint down to 6.6 seconds.
All models will come with Mercedes’ seven-speed 7G Tronic auto transmission with stop-start as standard.
It’s expected that a petrol version of the CLS Shooting Brake will be introduced as an AMG which will come with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.