Mercedes has released the first details of its CLS Shooting Brake, an estate version of the four-door coupé CLS.
The new car goes on sale in November 2012, with full UK pricing and specification to be confirmed closer to the car’s launch.
CLS Shooting Brake engines
Initially, the CLS Shooting Brake will be powered by a pair of turbodiesel engines only: a 201bhp 2.1-litre four-cylinder and 261bhp 3.0-litre V6.
The smaller diesel will be the most efficient unit in the range, returning a claimed 53.3mpg with 139g/km CO2 emissions (£120 car tax).
The large V6 unit’s efficiency is still respectable, however, with a claimed 47.0mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km (£170 car tax). However, it’s the engine’s performance that impresses most: 0-62mph takes just 6.6 seconds.
More practical than CLS
Thanks to a longer wheelbase than the standard CLS, the Shooting Brake affords greater flexibility and practicality.
Luggage space stands at 590 litres with the seats in place, rising to 1,550 litres with the rear seats folded. That’s more than the standard car, but not as much as the larger Mercedes E-class estate.
However, it does eclipse the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring by 25 and 30 litres respectively (with seats in place). An electric opening tailgate comes fitted as standard, too.
AMG performance version expected
An AMG version of the CLS Shooting Brake is likely, probably using the 518bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the regular CLS.
Mercedes is yet to confirm pricing, but the CLS Shooting Brake is expected to cost around £48,000 in entry-level form and will sit above the £31,485 E-class estate.