Mercedes launches a Final Edition model of the CLS before the Shooting Brake is discontinued

It was just a year ago that we learned Mercedes was killing off the CLS Shooting Brake, but as far as we know the next-gen CLS coupe will go on sale for the 2018 model year. Be that as it may, Mercedes has decided to launch a Final Edition of the CLS Shooting Brake. Why? Well, considering the CLS Shooting Brake performed poorly in the U.S. and China sales-wise, why not try to weasel as much money as possible out of the few who liked it, right? Furthermore, now that the CLS Coupe is also getting a “Final Edition,” it makes one wonder whether or not Merc will drop the CLS line altogether. We’ll worry about that later, though.

For now, we’ll talk a little bit about this final edition. According to Mercedes (despite the poor sales factor,) the CLS line has “long been established among customers as style icons.” Ola Kӓllenius, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and the person responsible for MB car sales, said, “We’ve produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With high-tech ingredients such as the innovative Multibeam LED headlamps, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the modern multimedia system, they appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”

With that said, the CLS Final Edition models feature some several optional features as standard equipment to go with a few AMG touches here and there. So, let’s take a look at the Final Edition model and see what it’s all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition.

What makes the Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition special

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On the outside, the CLS Final Edition features the AMG diamond radiator grille in chrome, to go with the AMG body kit that features a new front fascia with the air intake vents accented by diamond lattice and chrome trim elements. To further increase appeal and tie the exterior together, there are also AMG side skirts and an AMG rear fascia with simulated air outlets and a shiny chrome strip. The car rides on 19-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels that feature a black high-sheen finish. As an option, you could choose 18-inch AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels. Rounding out the exterior are the dual-exhaust outlets made from polished stainless steel and Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive high beam assist.

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On the inside, owners will be greeted with heated multicontour seats that feature fine black leather and light-colored stitching. Furthermore, the side bolsters, backrest and seat cushion can be electrically adjusted for comfort. The Final Edition also gets an AMG flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather with DINAMICA in the grip areas. The shift paddles are finished in silver chrome to go with stainless-steel pedals with rubber studs. Mercedes wanted to give the interior a better sense of open space, so it also includes a sliding sunroof to go with the dark-tinted glass on the sides and rear. For those of you who don’t appreciate tinted glass, the Final Edition models can be optioned with clear glass as well.

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As far as other options, the Final Edition models can be finished in any of the colors offered within the CLS range and with six different trim elements that will allow you to customize the model to your liking. As far as the drivetrain goes, Mercedes claims that “virtually all” of the engines and transmission options available to the standard CLS line are up for the offering. The Final Edition models come at a premium of €8,211 over the price of the standard CLS, which computes to about $9,085 at current exchange rates.

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

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Read our full review on the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake here.

Press Release

With immediate effect Mercedes-Benz is offering the four-door CLS Coupé as well as the five-door CLS Shooting Brake as special Final Edition models. The standard equipment of the models includes the dynamic AMG Line for both the exterior and interior. Further standard features include multicontour seats in black leather, tinted windows, a sliding sunroof and also high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. The additional cost is 8211 euros incl. VAT.

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Both the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake have long been established among customers as style icons. According to Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales: "We’ve produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With high-tech ingredients such as the innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the modern multimedia system, they appeal to both head and heart in equal measure."

The same applies to the new special models. As Final Edition variants featuring comprehensive, attractively priced equipment and unique details, they represent the pinnacle of the current model generation.

Sporty highlights

Visually the AMG Line underscores the sporty character of the Final Edition. This includes a diamond radiator grille in chrome, AMG front apron with striking, sporty air intakes, diamond lattice and chrome trim elements, AMG side sill panels and also AMG rear apron with simulated air outlets and chrome trim strip. A two-pipe exhaust system with angular tailpipe trim elements in polished stainless steel integrated into the bumper as well as 19-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels in a black, high-sheen finish create further highlights. As an alternative, 18-inch AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels are also available to choose from.

Mercedes-Benz has enhanced the sportily styled interior further with a selection of fine materials. Driver and front passenger are accommodated on heated multicontour seats, finished in black leather accentuated with light-coloured topstitching. The upper and lower lumbar support areas, as well as the seat side bolsters of the backrests and the seat cushion depth can be adjusted to suit individual requirements. In addition, exclusive to the Final Edition is a sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section in leather with DINAMICA microfibre in the grip area and shift paddles in silver chrome. The brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs round off the sporty, high-quality character of the interior.

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A sliding sunroof in the special models enhances the sense of spaciousness afforded by the CLS family. Heat-insulating dark-tinted glass, meanwhile, emphatically conveys a sense of exclusivity and functionality. As an alternative clear glass can also be selected.

The Final Edition models are clearly identifiable by means of a high-quality badge with "Final Edition" lettering on the wing as well as appropriate lettering on the front floor mats.

Leading-edge technology

The technical highlights of the Final Edition models include the DIRECT CONTROL sports suspension as well as MULTIBEAM LED headlamps including Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. Each with 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs per precision LED module, the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps illuminate the road surface and its peripheral areas quickly and precisely in a host of situations and are significantly brighter than conventional headlamps, without dazzling other road users.

Individual choice

The Final Edition models of the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake can be ordered in the complete range of paint finishes of the CLS family, and with six different trim elements and further interior appointments colours. Virtually all engine variants are also available.

The Final Edition models are available to order with immediate effect. he additional cost for the special models is 8211 euros incl. VAT.

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