The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was launched in 2012, two years after the second-generation CLS Coupe arrived in dealerships. The wagon was released in a bevy of trim levels and engines, ranging from small-displacement diesels to turbocharged V-8s. Naturally, Mercedes also offered an AMG-prepped model in the shape of the CLS63 AMG . However, the CLS Shooting Brake was never on sale in the United States, although its coupe brother made it Stateside from the very beginning.
That’s not likely to change for the 2015 model year, when the facelifted Shooting Brake is scheduled to show up in dealerships around Europe and Asia. The refreshed wagon comes with slightly revised front and rear fascias, an updated interior and two brand-new engines. Although the exact same units are also offered in the 2015 CLS Coupe , which is available in the United States, don’t expect the diesels to cross the Pond anytime soon.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.
Visually, the front end also benefits from a reshaped bumper and a new grille
Just like the rest of the CLS lineup, the 2015 Shooting Brake comes with only minor improvements as far as visuals go. The biggest change to its front end is the brand-new Multibeam LED technology, which changes the way the headlamps look and act. Fitted with 24 LEDs, the units are connected to a camera system that determines what’s ahead and enables them to adjust brightness and illumination as to not blind oncoming traffic.
Visually, the front end also benefits from a reshaped bumper and a new grille. The lower fascia sports a more aggressive design enhanced by larger intakes, while the radiator grille screams for attention due to its new "diamond" configuration. Around back, the bumper is smoother around the edges with only two side cutouts disturbing the flat design. Overall, the 2015 CLS Shooting Brake has the same swooping profile and ready-to-go stance.
2015 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4,956 mm (195.1 In.)|
|Width||2,075 mm (81.7 In.)|
|Height||1,416 mm (55.7 In.)|
The first thing that catches the eye is the brand-new, eight-inch color display
The first thing that catches the eye while entering the cabin is the brand-new, eight-inch color display mounted on the center area of dashboard. There’s also a redesigned, three-spoke steering wheel and a slightly revised center console, which now includes four buttons instead of two.
Just like the coupe, the Shooting Brake benefits from five interior colors and a choice of six trim and leather finishes. These complement the already available soft-touch surfaces and the enormous amount of chrome adorning the dashboard and the center console. After launch, the CLS Shooting Brake will benefit from a host of bespoke materials and individualization packages wearing the AMG print.
Sitting at the top of the range is the familiar 4.6-liter V-8 that generates the same 402 horses and 442 pound-feet
The CLS Shooting Brake benefits from the same powerplants motivating the Coupe. First up is the 2.1-liter turbodiesel rated at 167 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine rolls out with the CLS 220 BlueTec and sits at the bottom of the lineup. Next in line is an uprated version of the same mill, tuned to deliver 201 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist. The third and most powerful diesel to move the CLS Shooting Brake is a 3.0-liter V-6. Paired to a coupe of turbochargers, the six-banger comes with 254 horsepower and 457 pound-feet on tap.
Two gasoline engines are available for the wagon. The 3.0-liter V-6 in the CLS 400 is now rated at 328 ponies and 354 pound-feet, which represents a 27-horsepower and 81-pound-feet improvement over the outgoing unit. Sitting at the top of the range is the familiar 4.6-liter V-8 that generates the same 402 horses and 442 pound-feet. If neither of these gasoline plants are good enough for you, then you can always opt for the super-powerful CLS63 AMG Sport Brake .
All engines, except the gasoline V-6, mate to the company’s new 9G-Tronic, nine-speed automatic transmission, but only in the absence of the 4MATIC, all-wheel-drive system. On CLS-Class models equipped with AWD, Mercedes-Benz is offering the 7G-Tronic Plus, seven-speed gearbox. However, the 9G-Tronic will replace the seven-speed auto later on.
|CLS 220 BlueTEC||CLS 250 BlueTEC||CLS 350 BlueTEC||CLS 400||CLS 500|
|Type||2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel||2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel||3.0-liter V-6 diesel||3.0-liter V-6 bi-turbo||4.6-liter V-8 bi-turbo|
|Horsepower||167 HP||201 HP||254 HP||328 HP||402 HP|
|Torque||295 LBS-FT||369 LBS-FT||457 LBS-FT||354 LBS-FT||442 LBS-FT|
U.S. pricing has yet to be announced as of 06/20/2014, but don’t expect that to change, because the Shooting Brake isn’t coming to the United States. But if you plan on moving to the U.K., you should know that the 2015 CLS Shooting Brake starts from £48,080 ($81,881 as of 06/20/2014) on the other side of the Atlantic.
2015 CLS Shooting Brake Prices (UK)
|Model||Price (RRP OTR)|
|CLS 220 BlueTEC, diesel – 2,143 cc, four-cylinder||£48,080|
|CLS 350 BlueTEC, diesel – 2,987 cc, six-cylinder||£51,400|
|CLS 63 AMG S, petrol, 5,461 cc, eight-cylinder||£87,000|
In Europe, the CLS Shooting Brake will go against the BMW 5 Series Touring. The propeler-badged wagon is offered with an array of diesel and gasoline engines, ranging from fuel-sipping four-bangers to large V-8s. At the bottom of the range sits a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel that generates 218 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque with input from TwinPower Turbo technology.
The range-topping model, sold as the 550i, carries a twin-turbocharged V-8. The mill is good for 450 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque and pushes the wagon from 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 4.7 seconds. In the United Kingdom, the 5 Series Touring starts from £32,590 and blows past the £51,000 mark ($55,427 and $86,779 as of 06/20/2014, respectively).
Gallery BMW 5-Series Touring
The 2014 Audi A6 Avant can only be had with diesel power, but the German automaker offers the 2.0-liter TDI and the 3.0-liter TDI in various power ratings. The entry-level model, motivated the smallest of the two, benefits from 190 horsepower. The 3.0 TDI, on the other hand, can churn at least 204 ponies and go all the way up to 313 horsepower.
Transmission choices include a manual box, the S-tronic and the Tiptronic. The automated gearboxes come with quattro all-wheel drive, while the manual wagons are front-wheel drive only. The A6 Avant retails from £32,340, which translates into $55,017 as of 06/20/2014.
Gallery Audi A6 Avant
Although the CLS Shooting Brake didn’t get much of a facelift, the new features should be enough to keep it fresh until the third-generation model arrives. Unfortunately, the Shooting Brake remains a forbidden fruit around here, as Mercedes-Benz has no plans to bring it Stateside. It’s fairly frustrating, but it doesn’t make the Shooting Brake less beautiful. Oh, the agony...
- The best looking wagon you can buy
- Updated interior
- Up to 54 cubic feet of storage
- Numerous engine options
- Not coming to the U.S.
- Mild facelift
Gallery Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz has extensively revised the four-door CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. Both design icons now feature a honed front section. Their further upgraded interior boasts lots of new, perfectly handcrafted details, combining contemporary luxury with passionate sportiness. They also bring ground-breaking technical innovations to the road. The futuristic MULTIBEAM LED headlamps open up new dimensions in lighting systems. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions. Cutting-edge technology on-board also includes the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, new, powerful engines, intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems as well as a progressive multimedia system with internet. The AMG variants CLS 63 AMG Coupé and Shooting Brake developing up to 430 kW (585 hp) assume pole position in the power output stakes. The diverse new Mercedes connect me online services are also included on all models.
Mercedes-Benz founded the four-door coupé segment ten years ago with the CLS, thus underlining its leading role in automotive design. The CLS combined for the first time the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. It was also the first vehicle to offer dynamic LED High Performance headlamps as an option, turning it into the lighting icon. In 2012, Mercedes‑Benz built on the success of the CLS with the CLS Shooting Brake. With this sporty five-door model, the premium brand from Stuttgart once again demonstrated its concept creativity. As an extraordinary form of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate, the CLS Shooting Brake is an attractive companion for active people that shy away from the mainstream and who are unwilling to sacrifice sportiness or luggage space as part of stylish touring. In this way the Shooting Brake set another highlight in the line of innovative Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles. Both the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake have long since established themselves as style icons with particular charisma, and will also continue to be unique in their segment.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "With the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake we have built design icons which also set the pulse racing faster in their latest incarnation courtesy of their enthralling lines. With new high-tech ingredients such as the innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps which start a new chapter in lighting design, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the progressive multimedia system, both models also define new cutting-edge technology."
The scintillating design of the CLS-Class with its exciting proportions has been subtly adapted to high-tech aspirations. It steadfastly remains a compelling proposition with its long bonnet, narrow window line with frameless side windows and dynamically downwards sloping roof. The CLS Shooting Brake offers additional load capacity with up to 1550 litres of space for luggage or sport and leisure equipment thanks to its sporty, flat roof that extends through to the rear and five doors.
Overall the design of the latest generation of the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake comes across as even more dynamic. This is thanks to a new, expressive diamond radiator grille, a striking front bumper with large air intakes, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as well as new, slightly darkened tail lights with multi-level function.
New dimensions in lighting systems
Both models now come as standard with all-LED headlamps in a new design. Alternatively both vehicle models are available as an option with the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz is opening a new chapter in lighting systems with this innovation. Since the MULTIBEAM LED technology combines the very best of today’s lighting technologies and can optimally adjust the light distribution instantly and automatically to virtually any traffic situation, it always ensures thus far unrivalled broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway for high performance and precision without dazzling other car drivers.
The camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus provides the information for the illumination. If it detects illuminated oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, it drives each of the individual 24 high-performance LEDs in a matrix light source electronically so that individual areas of the road are specifically masked in accordance with the particular situation. The headlamp control function combines the matrix light source with the tried-and-trusted technology of the LED Intelligent Light System, thus increasing the precision of today’s matrix light sources and setting up a main beam gap with minimal width. This prevents other drivers from being dazzled, while drivers in the CLS Coupé and in the CLS Shooting Brake always benefit from the best possible – in other words brightest illumination of the road and road verges. The anti-dazzle main beam can be switched on permanently. Thus the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps open up new dimensions in safety from which other road users can mutually benefit.
In addition to the camera on the windscreen, this new lighting system uses four control units per vehicle, which calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages.
New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps provide exceptionally fast and precise, anti-dazzle continuous main beam and light up the road surface and its edges much more brightly in many situations.
Best visibility on bends and roundabouts
As well as the high-performance, precision LED module, each MULTIBEAM LED headlamp also features a module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled outwards by up to twelve degrees. This provides an active light function, which is also camera-controlled, with unprecedented characteristics. For instance, it offers a preview function which already swivels the active light function when the driver has yet not turned the wheels. Thus it provides optimum illumination of the bend early on. The active light function already swivels back to the straight-ahead position before the end of the bend according to the particular situation. This allows the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting bends. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 metres depending on the traffic situation.
The roundabout light is also unique, which activates the cornering light function modules on the left and right before entering a roundabout in order to provide the best visibility on all sides at an early stage. The navigation system provides the headlamps with details of the locations of roundabouts along the route.
Friendly welcome: welcome home function
As a charming unusual function, the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps use their multifunction optical fibres not just as daytime running lamps, turn signal lamp and turn signal lamp, but they also welcome the driver by bringing this optical fibre to life with a friendly blue light when the vehicle is opened.
Sporty interior with contemporary luxury
Ample space, unadorned, sporty elegance, perfect craftsmanship and high-quality materials exert the stylistic influence on the interior of the CLS family. The new generation reinforces this impression by emphasising sportiness, exclusivity and functionality even more.
The new free-standing colour display in the head unit with its 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8 inch) adds to the state-of-the-art feel and will help define the dashboard’s contemporary looks. Other new features include a redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and a host of exquisite details which underscore the interior’s high quality both in visual and tactile terms. The central control panel in the centre console has four instead of the previous two buttons, thus requiring fewer operating steps in many cases. Five attractive interior colours, six trim finishes as well as grades of leather ranging from leather to Exclusive PASSION leather will be available in future and offer a host of potential individualisation options.
Fulfilling personal preferences
The new AMG Line Plus supplements the previously available design and equipment lines Exterior Sports package and AMG Line, thus extending individualisation options to include a very sportily oriented version which expressively emphasises dynamism and exclusivity. A special Night package is scheduled to give buyers further choice at the end of the year. New designo interior packages are also available.
Efficient, sporty engines
Thrilling dynamism and exemplary efficiency – those are the strengths of the five engines available in the new generation of the CLS-Class. All fulfil the Euro 6 standard. A new addition in this class is the CLS 220 BlueTEC with four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common rail direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and BlueTEC technology. It produces 125 kW (170 hp) and offers maximum torque of 400 Nm. 150 kW (204 hp) and torque of 500 Nm are on tap from the four-cylinder diesel unit in the CLS 250 BlueTEC. The V6 diesel unit in the CLS 350 BlueTEC exceeds these figures with 190 kW (258 hp) and torque of 620 Nm.
Equally new is the V6 petrol engine with turbocharging in the CLS 400 with a 3.5 litre displacement and biturbo drive. Thanks to its output potential and its phenomenal torque at low engine speeds it sets new standards in its segment. Compared to its predecessor with a naturally aspirated engine it produces 20 kW more with 245 kW (333 hp). Its torque increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm and is available in the wide engine speed range of 1200 to 4000 rpm. The CLS 500 with 300 kW (408 hp) and up to 600 Nm of torque leads the field in the power output ratings.
Four instead of the previous two models will be available in future with permanent all-wheel drive. Newcomers include the CLS 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC and the CLS 400 4MATIC
Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine
410 kW (557 hp) to 430 kW (585 hp) and 720 to 800 newton metres – the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world’s most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS 63 AMG with 410 kW (557 hp) and rear-wheel drive consumes 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) (231 grams CO2 per kilometre). The variant with 410 kW and performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the S-Model with 430 kW (585 hp) and all-wheel drive come in only slightly above at 10.4 to 10.6 litres per 100 km (243 grams to 248 grams CO2/km). All CLS 63 AMG models already meet the second stage of the EU6 emissions standard.
New automatic transmission with nine gears
Cutting-edge technology also comes in the shape of 9G-TRONIC, the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment, which is used in the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350 BlueTEC and CLS 500. This innovation builds on the strengths of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which hitherto has set the benchmark in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears the 9G‑TRONIC manages to reduce fuel consumption, while further enhancing shift comfort and agility.
Hallmark Mercedes high level of safety
To make top-class safety available for everyone, the CLS-Class will in future be fitted with a host of new assistance systems along with existing systems with upgraded functionality. Standard-fit features include the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which can help prevent rear-end collisions – if necessary through autonomous braking.
The state-of-the-art assistance systems from the S-Class can also be fitted as an option. These include DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC including lateral parking manoeuvres and a 360° camera.
A completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the CLS Coupé and in the CLS Shooting Brake, including elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner.
The Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online infotainment systems are available in combination with the new, free-standing display in the head unit with its 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8 inch). Both enable the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. The prerequisite is a Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone with data option. Equally new is a now standard and an integrated Media Interface to connect an iPod® and iPhone®.
In conjunction with COMAND Online, Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, e.g. via Bluetooth®, from the Apple iPod® and iPhone®, from SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
COMAND Online also provides the LINGUATRONIC voice control system; digital TV/radio reception is also available as an option.
In the version with pre-installation the basic Audio 20 CD system can be supplemented with the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its strengths include 3D views with exact representation of streets and buildings and photo-realistic junction and lane assistants. The navigation software and the map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted in the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD with preparation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT.
COMAND Online with fast 3D hard-disc navigation, topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations as well as display of NASA satellite images provides a decidedly sensuous experience. System features include an animated compass and display of Google Maps on the head unit. The navigation system can also provide real-time information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data in COMAND Online via the internet by means of the Live Traffic Information service.
Telephony via Bluetooth® with HD Voice capability as standard
The basic Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online both support HD Voice-capable basic telephony, which connects the mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface. HD Voice provides much better voice quality. In conjunction with convenience telephony the high-speed LTE network can also be used in future if a compatible smartphone with a relevant contract is used.
Mercedes connect me – new online connection to the car
With the new-generation CLS-Class a new package of services is also being launched in Europe under the name "Mercedes connect me". Mercedes-Benz emergency call, accident, maintenance and breakdown management are available via a standard-fit KOM module with its own SIM card fitted in the vehicle. Customers can also connect to their vehicle via the internet anytime, anywhere via "connect.mercedes.me" and, for example, check how full the tank is.