2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Production-ready CLS Shooting Brake steps on stage at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- European sales begin today, but the CLS Shooting Brake won't be sent to the States.
PARIS — It's officially official — Mercedes-Benz's CLS Shooting Brake made its Paris auto show debut today. And in person the styling works better on this wagon than on the sedan, which looks a bit unresolved in the rear.
Resolved it is on the CLS Concept, now that there's a big glassed-in section where the trunk used to be. The proportions are long and exaggerated, ostentatious even. If a station wagon could be gangster style, this is it. But there's practicality, too — the cargo area swells to 20.8 cubic feet with the backseat in place and 54.7 cubic feet when it's folded flat.
That name, "Shooting Brake" — it's great, but given that a true shooting brake has performance in spades, it really only applies to the top-gun CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake. Yeah, the one with the 557-horsepower twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8. Lesser Shooting Brakes will be offered with a 204-hp diesel-4, a 265-hp diesel V6, a 306-hp gasoline V6 and a 408-hp twin-turbo V8. OK, the latter one also qualifies as a true shooting brake.
Edmunds says: If you want one, too bad, as there are no plans to bring it to the United States. Shame, as it's a looker.