Mercedes has unveiled a new ‘Shooting Break’ concept – part coupé, part estate, all style.
Mercedes commercialised the four-door coupé with the CLS, and now it seems determined to repeat the feat with a coupé-estate crossover. The new Shooting Break is the second concept the German carmaker has shown along these lines, following on from 2008’s Fascination concept.
Clearly influenced by the CLS, the Shooting Break adds a number of new touches we can expect to see on future Mercedes models – as well as representing the debut of a brand new V6 petrol engine.
Beyond the unusual swooping estate roofline, exterior styling highlights on the Shooting Break include a new ‘soft nose’ design, influenced by the SLS AMG supercar.
This separates the grille from the bonnet for the first time on a modern Mercedes. It also features rear wheel arches similar to the latest Mercedes E-class.
However, the most innovative features are the full-LED dynamic headlights. Mercedes has used 71 LEDs in total – equivalent to a modern set of active bi-xenons, only with greater energy efficiency.
This LED lighting system is coming to Mercedes option lists later this year.
All-new direct injection V6
The Mercedes Shooting Break is powered by a new 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, also destined for production later this year.
Using the latest direct injection technology it should be fuel efficient and relatively clean – especially as it is also fitted with a start-stop system.
But all Mercedes will tell us at the moment is that it produces a healthy 302bhp and 273lb ft of torque (pulling power).
Concept car opulence inside
Inside the Shooting Break concept, Mercedes has gone to town with wood and leather, giving it the ambience of a classic yacht crossed with a saddler’s workshop.
The boot floor, for example, is lined with oak and complimented by four leather ‘saddlebags’ along the sides of the load area. The roof features a panoramic sunroof, and a lining made from silk.
The Shooting Break seats just four passengers – each getting an identical seat. The full-length centre console is also made from wood, and inlaid with 1920s style ‘Mercedes’ script.
High quality is everywhere. The metal trim items are machined from solid aluminium, the carpet is the same stuff that ultra-luxury brand Maybach uses, and the cabin is filled with almost 10 square metres of leather.
Will the Shooting Break concept ever make it to production? Mercedes isn’t saying – but the fact that it has now shown two similar looking concepts suggests that it is seriously testing the water.
The Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept will be publicly unveiled at Auto China 2010 in Beijing at the end of the April.
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