by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (X 218) shines at Nurburgring

In short time, Mercedes-Benz will introduce the new CLS Shooting Brake at the New York Auto Show 2012. This model is reinterpretation of the classic shooting brake style and, at the same, announces the advent of a new automotive species: the 4-door wagon coupe. Initially designed to preview the new generation CLS, the Concept Shooting Brake of 2010 was very well received by the public, so Daimler executives decided to approve the daring project.

The basic styling is shared with its brother, but the CLS Shooting Brake boasts a distinctive aura for the tail section. The rakish roofline dramatically descends towards the rear end and together with the beautifully arched side windows add up to the overall coupe effect. Compared to the standard CLS (C 218), in the case of the X 218, the LED lamps at the back feature refinely shaped accents to ease the differentiation between the two variants. Inside, there's nothing to worry about, as the CLS Shooting Brake is a true Mercedes-Benz: expect premium quality materials in attractive combinations - metal, wood and leather upholstery are on the choice list. 

Safety package will include the latest assistance systems and modules, such as the ATTENTION ASSIST, the PRE-SAFE crash anticipatory system, the Blind Spot Assist and the DISTRONIC PLUS radar with Brake Assist Plus. The digital experience will be enriched through the addition of the internet-based COMAND Online telematics. The newest version of the infotainment system handles each function of the car and helps you and the car stay in permanent contact with the ever-changing world thanks to the implementation of internet technology.

The BlueEFFICIENCY engines will be borrowed from the CLS Coupe: top diesel model is the CLS 350 CDI rated at 265 hp, while the high-end gasoline variant is the CLS 500 with up to 408 hp. A hardcore CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is currently under development and, when it's unveiled in late 2012,  it will be powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 525 hp (557 hp with Performance Package). Moreover, a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive option will be available beginning with 2013. At launch, the standard CLS SB will be priced above the CLS - in Germany, base price could start at around €64,000. The car hits European markets beginning with fall 2012, whereas US residents will have to wait until 2013 to get their hands onto the new CLS Shooting Brake.

Photo Credits: Motor Authority

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