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.
“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 unique and stylish way,” says Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Surprising yet unequivocally coupé, the CLS Shooting Brake’s proportions create a crouched posture: long bonnet, narrow window profile with frameless side windows, roof sloping dynamically towards the rear and continuing to the tail end of the vehicle. Only on closer look it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has five doors and offers more in terms of function.
In essence it represents an unprecedented version of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate. It is a special proposition for people looking to differentiate themselves from the mainstream, and who do not wish to compromise on either sportiness or stowage space when it comes to travelling in style. The Shooting Brake is a further highlight in the innovative luxury vehicle series from Mercedes-Benz and, like the CLS Coupé, has the potential to become the role model for a new market segment.
“The CLS Shooting Brake is based on the great tradition of stylish sportiness which has always characterised Mercedes-Benz, and takes these unique icons an exciting step further. It stands for the enhanced design idiom of Mercedes-Benz which is oriented towards aesthetic, avant-garde principles,” adds Govender.
Exclusive innovation in the interior: wooden luggage compartment floor
The second generation of the CLS set high standards in terms of the design and quality of the interior: straightforward elegance combined with innovative details and handcrafted perfection. The Shooting Brake also applies this same aspiration in the luggage compartment. It is lined with high-quality carpeting, and the hand-stitched material is also incorporated into the sideliners in
conjunction with Exclusive PASSION leather appointments (CLS 63 AMG only). Optional designer rails made of aluminium on the luggage compartment floor give an even more exclusive look.
An extravagant touch is the optional designo wood luggage compartment floor, which highlights the interior’s hand-crafted character. The American cherry wood is a classic fine wood variety which contrasts effectively with the fumed oak inlaid work and the aluminium rails. This lends the luggage compartment the elegance of a yacht’s wooden deck combined with the fascination of high-tech and precision workmanship. The wood is characterised by its flexibility and elasticity, as well as its density and fine texture.
For the American cherry wood luggage compartment floor, specially selected veneer sheets are glued and pressed by hand in five layers to attain a high level of dimensional stability. The blanks are milled to their exact format using a CNC machine and the surfaces are ground smooth and imbued to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. Dark fumed oak inlays, precision-cut in narrow three-millimetre strips using laser technology, lend a definitive finishing touch to the design of the luggage compartment floor. The lavishly produced aluminium rails have a brushed finish and rubber inserts, and not only help to protect the wooden floor but also feature anti-slip properties.
The CLS Coupé already set new standards in interiors with its wide variety of individualisation options. The Shooting Brake also offers five interior colours, five trim designs plus two different quality of leather to choose from. Customers have a choice of three exclusive wood types for the trim: high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash and silk matt poplar. Black piano lacquer trim is also optionally available. The interior is given an even more progressive look by the AMG trim features in carbon fibre in combination with black piano lacquer. In the AMG model, a completely new addition comes in the form of “porcelain” interior appointments which affords a sense of ultimate luxury. The CLS Shooting Brake also lives up to its role as a design trend-setter thanks to the innovative materials used. These comprise a mixture of satin and high-gloss finishes used on the metal surfaces.
A whole new vehicle concept: the five-door Shooting Brake
No-one likes to have to compromise: even though the focus is not on the practical elements of the design of the Shooting Brake (length x width x height 4956 x 1881 x 1416 mm), the new CLS model still has some trump cards up its sleeve. With a load volume of between 590 and 1550 litres, the luggage compartment offers a lot of room despite the flat, sporty lines of the roof, and is easy to use thanks to the automatically opening tailgate fitted as standard. A load compartment cover also protects luggage from prying eyes.
The standard air suspension at the rear helps to ensure optimum road holding at all times. For additional flexibility, the rear seat backrests can be folded down from the luggage compartment as standard thanks to EASY-PACK quickfold load compartment system. The rear seats themselves provide room for three people, with individual seats on the outsides and a third seat in the middle. The three saddle-type head restraints on the rear seats can be lowered at the touch of a button by the driver or manually by the passengers.
Lightweight construction and aerodynamics: important contributions to efficiency
Intelligent lightweight construction plays a decisive role in bridging the classic conflict between the objectives of low weight and high strength in the CLS Shooting Brake. The model features frameless, all-aluminium doors made from deep-drawn aluminium panels with extruded sections, which in comparison to conventional steel doors are some 32 kilograms lighter. The tailgate, bonnet, front wings, various support profiles and substantial parts of the suspension and engines are all made of aluminium too.
The aerodynamics also makes a significant contribution to the efficiency of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. With a frontal area of 2.30 m² and a Cd value of 0.29 for the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and 0,31 for the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY, and the drag area is 0.67 m².
Drive system: powerful and efficient
The CLS Shooting Brake is available with three engine variants – three petrol engines – CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG. The CLS 350 BlueEFFICICIENCY with the V6 naturally aspirated engine and the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY with the V8 bi-turbo engine both come with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Both the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG come with the ECO start/stop function as standard.
The dynamic top model of the Shooting Brake range is the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, fitted with an AMG V8 biturbo engine rated at 386 kW which delivers 700 Newton metres of torque and comes with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. With the “Edition 1” variant, these performance values rise to 410 kW and 800 Nm.
The combination of AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping, electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering and the optional AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is the epitome of superlative driving dynamics. In terms of appearance, the CLS 63 AMG cuts an impressive figure with its athletic lines and its distinctive exterior and interior design.
Overview of the engine programme for the Shooting Brake (figures for CLS 63 AMG “Edition 1” in square brackets):
|Model||CLS 350||CLS 500||CLS 63 AMG|
|Arrangement / no. of cylinders||V6||V8||V8|
|Rated output||[kW] at [r/min]||225 – 6500||300 – 5000||386  5250 – 5750|
|Rated torque||[Nm] at [r/min]||370
3500 – 5250
1600 – 4750
1750 – 5250
2000 – 4500]
|Fuel consumption, combined||[l/100 km]||8,1||9.2||10.1|
|CO2 emissions, combined||[g/km]||188||214||235|
|Top speed||[km/h]||250||250||250 /* 300|
* AMG Drivers pack
Efficiency is also increased by the stand-fit electro-mechanical Direct-Steer system. This represents a radical development in the relationship between the driver, car and road surface. For the first time, it gives engineers the freedom to choose and programme many of the parameters that influence steering feedback. They were thus able to define a Mercedes-Benz feeling behind the wheel. In addition to fuel economy, the result is a considerable improvement in handling and agility. The electromechanical Direct-Steer system has also made Active Park Assist possible. The CLS Shooting Brake is not only able to detect parking spaces, but can also park automatically.
Still without parallel anywhere in the world: dynamic LED High Performance headlamps
The CLS Coupé was the first passenger car in the world to offer dynamic full LED High Performance headlamps, which combine the exciting colour elements of LED technology – similar to those of daytime driving lights – with the performance, functionality and energy efficiency of today’s bi-xenon generation. This new light system is a standard feature in the CLS Shooting Brake. It offers the proven Intelligent Light System in combination with LED technology. The headlamps, with their 71 LED lamps in total, look exciting; and they serve to underline the unmistakable appearance of the CLS. The light specialists at Mercedes-Benz have additionally managed to combine the LED technology with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, resulting in a totally new quality of illumination at night.
In contrast to other vehicles equipped with LED headlamps, no compromises are now necessary with respect to the functionality and performance of the lighting technology. There are further arguments for LED-based lighting technology: the average operating life of an LED is around 10,000 hours, around five times longer than that of a xenon light; moreover, LED headlamps most closely approximate to the colour of daylight. This means that LED light is in keeping with the normal human perception patterns and that the driver experiences significantly more brightness on the road at night. Studies have shown that the closer the colour of artificial light comes to daylight, the less the strain on the eyes. With a colour temperature of 5500 kelvin, LED light is closer to daylight (6500 K) than xenon light (4200 K).
More than ten driver assistance systems are able to help prevent traffic accidents and reduce the severity of an accident. Standard safety features include BAS PLUS and the PRE-SAFE® Brake. Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are available as part of the Driving Assistance package Plus together with DISTRONIC PLUS. Both assistance systems are not only able to detect an unintentional lane change or vehicles in the blind spot, but can also correct the direction of travel by gentle brake intervention if the driver ignores the visual or audible danger warnings.
It’s all in a name: the origins of the name “Shooting Brake”
Brake, or the identically sounding Break, was the name once given to carriages which were commonly fitted out with light, variable bodies to transport hunting equipment, for example. For larger hunting parties, seats were fitted so as to offer greater comfort to those participating in the hunt. Such vehicles which were taken out on shoots were referred to as shooting brakes or shooting breaks. Any such vehicle which was used when going out shooting was called a Shooting Brake or Shooting Break. Motorised Shooting Brakes were particularly popular in England in the 1960s and 1970s – exclusive two-door sports cars, which combined the luxury and style of a coupé with a larger load compartment and large tailgate.
“The new CLS Shooting Brake represents a new dimension in vehicle concepts and offers discerning customers’ independence at its most beguiling,” concludes Govender.
As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the CLS Shooting Brake comes standard with MobiloDrive 120 maintenance package.
CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake – R835 000
CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake – R1 044 000
CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – R1 380 000
CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake “Edition 1” – Plus R145 900