One of the most talked-about concepts at April's Beijing auto show is headed to production, beginning in 2012.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake will be assembled at the automaker's plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. The vehicle is essentially a station wagon version of the CLS, Mercedes' coupe-styled sporty four-door.
“In 2004 Mercedes-Benz established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupe CLS and created a design icon,” Dieter Zetsche, CEO of parent Daimler AG, said in a news release.
“The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards to innovative passenger car concepts and design. And that is exactly what the customers expect from us,” he said.
The Shooting Brake draws on styling cues introduced on the CLS. That styling is characterized by a long hood, narrow side windows, frameless window glass and a sloping, fastback roof line.
Approximately 170,000 CLS four-door vehicles have been sold globally since 2004, Mercedes said. The Coupe CLS has spurred the creation of sedans with coupelike styling by Audi and BMW.
The Shooting Brake will be based on the redesigned CLS, which begins production in 2011.