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The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The infotainment programme - Office, TV lounge and concert hall

The Shooting Brake's multimedia facilities cover your every need – keeping you up to date with happenings in the world or at the office and offering high-end audio quality into the bargain.

The CLS Shooting Brake is equipped with the Audio 20 CD radio as standard, featuring a twin tuner, mp3-capable CD player and a USB connector in the centre console. The TFT colour display has a diagonal of 14.7 cm. The basic background colour of the displays is silver grey. Thanks to a "cover art" function, the title images of the music albums currently being played are shown if their details are stored in the audio file.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The chassis and suspension

Excellent dynamics without compromising on comfort

Supreme driving dynamics coupled with superlative ride comfort on long journeys were the terms of reference in developing the chassis for the new CLS Shooting Brake, whose design and functions are geared towards a stylish sportiness.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The drive system - Powerful and efficient

Common hallmarks of all five of the engines deployed in the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake are superlative efficiency and the ultimate in driving enjoyment. The two diesel drives and three petrol engines also all feature a 7-speed automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function. Two models with all-wheel drive are additionally available: CLS 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY and CLS 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. Absolute peak performance is embodied by the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The complete security technology

I. Active safety: Numerous assistants on board

Mercedes-Benz pursues a holistic approach in its safety research efforts, which aim to avoid accidents and to reduce the severity of unavoidable accidents under the banner "Real Life Safety". The CLS Shooting Brake features a whole range of systems to further reduce the strain on the driver. These include Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, plus the LED High Performance headlamps with various light functions.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The body - Robust, light and streamlined

Intelligent lightweight construction plays a decisive role in reconciling the classic conflict between the objectives of low weight and high strength in the CLS Shooting Brake. The model features frameless, all-aluminium doors, for example. The aerodynamic design also makes a crucial contribution to efficiency, with a Cd value of 0.29.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The model range - Exclusive and individual

Stylish sportiness is a defining feature of the CLS Shooting Brake. This is underscored by five engines with four, six and eight cylinders, optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive and numerous individualisation options.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: Close-up topics on the 5-door coupé

I. The wooden luggage compartment floor - Inspired by exclusive yachts

An extravagant feature inspired by the interiors of exclusive yachts is the designo wooden luggage compartment floor, which serves to underscore the hand-crafted nature of the interior. Cherry tree wood is a classic among fine wood varieties and contrasts perfectly with the inlaid smoked oak and aluminium rails. This affords the luggage compartment a touch of elegance normally found on yachts, combined with the exciting worlds of technology and precision craftsmanship. The wood is characterised by its flexibility and elasticity, as well as its density and fine texture.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The cabin appointments - A top-class setting

While the Shooting Brake's practical merits were not a prime consideration in its development, the new CLS model nevertheless has a number of utility benefits to offer in its stylish interior.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The exterior and interior design

Exclusive new interpretation of the emotional coupé

The CLS Shooting Brake's proportions are surprising yet unequivocally coupé and create a basic stance which makes it look ready for the off: the long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has five doors and offers "more" in terms of function.

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: The management statements on the model

"For the heart and mind"
"Every genuine car legend appeals equally to the heart and mind. Functionality is obligatory for a vehicle – our customers take this for granted. What sets a car apart is a special fascinating quality. The CLS Shooting Brake combines functionality and fascination in a way that is unmatched by any other automobile."
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

The all new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: Independence at its most beguiling

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: Surprisingly different

The new CLS Shooting Brake sees Mercedes-Benz making its mark once again with a creative design concept that underscores its leading role in the design field: while unmistakably coupé in its proportions, the new CLS opens up a wealth of new possibilities with five doors and a roof extending back all the way to the rear end. As such, the new Shooting Brake represents an innovative development of the four-door coupé concept, which was successfully introduced with the first CLS in 2004 and has since provided the template for numerous copycat designs. The result is automotive independence at its most beguiling.