Mercedes-Benz believes its latest release is continuing its tradition of creative and effective design.
The CLS Shooting Brake defies existing stereotypes and combines the looks and desirability of a coupe with the practicality of five doors and a longer roof.
According to the German company, it opens up lots of new possibilities in the area of car design and builds on the idea of a five-door coupe first seen in the CLS range in 2004.
“It stands for the enhanced design idiom of Mercedes-Benz which is oriented towards aesthetic, avant-garde principles,” said Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz.
While chief executive officer Dr Dieter Zetsche stated: “Any memorable machine is equal parts art and science. A car has to first deliver in function – the ticket of entry – and then in fascination: the ticket to real excitement. The CLS Shooting Brake excels on both accounts – unlike any other car on the market”.
This design ethos has been apparent in Mercedes cars for years, with the brand becoming a byword for quality and performance.
One of the most striking models to come from Stuttgart in recent years has been the SLK Roadster.
Like the Brake, every effort has been made to ensure the car looks as good on the road as possible and these aesthetically-pleasing modifications have not hampered the car’s performance in anyway.
The 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY two-door Tip Auto version is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds, while delivering an impressive fuel economy of 56.5 mpg on a combined cycle.
Of course, such engineering excellence comes at a cost, with the car having a list price of £31,490.
However, much of this can be limited by opting for the model as part of a Mercedes car leasing scheme, which reduces expenses to monthly payments of just £205.87.
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