The Mercedes Shooting Break Concept - a station wagon version for the CLS-Class - will make its world debut later this week at the Beijing motor show. But like usual, the first images surfaced a little bit earlier. The production version - internally known as the X218 - will compete with models like the forthcoming Audi A7 and the BMW 5-series GT. "The Shooting Break is based on a tradition of cultivated sportiness," said Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it points the way towards the further development of the design idiom of Mercedes."
The Shooting Brake concept is 4960mm long, 1950mm wide and 1444mm tall and will feature a new gaping grille (same as in the new SLS AMG), headlamps with 71 LED units, a heavily angled rear window, top-hinged tailgate and large LED-enhanced tail-lights.
The Mercedes Shooting Break will be offered with a new range of V6 and V8 engines: a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 306 HP and a twin-turbocharged 4,6 liter V8 engine that will deliver 435 hp. Next to them Mercedes will also offer two diesel engines: a twin-turbo 2.1-liter, four-cylinder unit with 204bhp and a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 231bhp. All the engines will be mated to a new 7G-tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox.