Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (2012–2018)

Model History

July 2012

With the new CLS Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz is once again setting an example when it comes to creativity of design, and as such highlighting its leading role in this area: in terms of its proportions, the new CLS is quite clearly a coupé, but with five doors and a roof which continues through to the rear, it promises some remarkable new possibilities. The idea of the four-door coupé – successfully introduced in 2004 with the first CLS and long imitated in the meantime – has now been taken to new heights and to innovative effect. The result is automotive independence at its most beautiful.

The proportions of the CLS Shooting Brake are surprising but clearly those of a coupé, and create a basic stance which makes it look ready for the off: the long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the Shooting Break actually has five doors and offers "more" in terms of function.

An extravagant and unique feature for the automotive industry is the optional designo wooden luggage compartment floor, which serves to underscore the hand-finished nature of the interior. Cherry tree wood is a classic among fine wood species and contrasts perfectly with the inlaid smoked oak and aluminium rails. This affords the luggage compartment a touch of elegance normally found on yachts, combined with the exciting worlds of technology and precision craftsmanship.

No-one likes to have to compromise: even when the focus is not on the practical elements of the design of the Shooting Brake (length x width x height: 4956 x 1881 x 1413 mm), the new CLSmodel still has some trump cards up its sleeve. With a load volume of between 590 and 1550 litres, the luggage compartment offers a lot of room despite the flat, sporty lines of the roof, and is easy to use thanks to the automatically opening tailgate fitted as standard. A load compartment cover also protects luggage from prying eyes.

The standard air suspension at the rear helps to ensure optimum road holding at all times. For additional flexibility, the rear seat backrests can be folded down from the luggage compartment as standard. The rear seats themselves provide room for three people, with individual seats on the outsides and a third seat in the middle. The three saddle-type head restraints on the rear seats barely affect the view towards the rear, and can be lowered at the touch of a button by the driver. An optional trailer coupling is also available.

The entry-level model is the CLS250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY producing 204PS. Combined fuel consumption is 53.3 mpg, an excellent level for this performance class and equivalent to CO2emissions of 139 grams per kilometre. Coming in above this is the six-cylinder model: the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY producing 265PS.

August 2012

The CLS Shooting Brake is now available to order, priced from £49,360 OTR. The equipment list including visible exhaust pipes; Becker MAP PILOT (CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake) or COMAND Online multimedia system (CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake and CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake) and DAB; leather upholstery; Parktronic front and rear; metallic paint; xenon headlights; and 18-inch alloy wheels.

For a £2,995 increase, the CLS Shooting Brake AMG Sport offers full LED headlights with Intelligent Light System and Adaptive Highbeam Assist; AMG bodystyling; sports suspension and brakes; sports steering wheel and pedals; and 19-inch AMG alloy wheels. From October production, the Coupé version of the CLS will now also feature the AMG Sport replacing the Sport line.

In addition to the various interior colours, multiple trim designs and various types of leather to choose from, there is also a choice of three high-gloss exclusive wood types: brown burr walnut, black ash and light-brown poplar, as well as the use of piano lacquer trim elements.

The CLS Shooting Brake also includes additional standard specification over the CLS Coupé, such as the Easy-Pack Quickfold rear seat adjustment; Easy-Pack load compartment cover; and rear air suspension, helping to ensure optimum road holding at all times. In addition to the five seats, the CLS Shooting Brake also features a cargo space measuring up to 1,550 litres.

Optional equipment exclusively for the CLS Shooting Brake includes: Easy-Pack load-securing kit with rear sill protector (£255); privacy glass (£365); aluminium rails (£870); manually folding tow bar (£880); AirMATIC semi-active air suspension (£1,150); and designo American Cherry Wood load compartment with black inlays (£4,030), which provides the luggage compartment with a touch of elegance normally associated with yachts.

Model Tech Data CO 2 MPG OTR
CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Diesel - 2,143 cc, 4-cylinder, 204 hp, 500 Nm 139 53.3 £49,360
CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Diesel - 2,987 cc, 6-cyliner, 265 hp, 620 Nm 161 47.1 £53,000
CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport Diesel - 2,143 cc, 4-cylinder, 204 hp, 500 Nm 143 52.3 £52,370
CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport Diesel - 2,987 cc, 6-cyliner, 265 hp, 620 Nm 162 46.3 £55,995
CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake Petrol - 5,461 cc, 8-cylinder, 557 hp, 720 Nm 235 28.0 £83,030

June 2014

Revised CLS Shooting Brake revealed

The new generation CLS Shooting Brake will arrive in September, featuring a new look and packed with new technology which is fitted as standard the new car promises to deliver even better value and lower emissions, as well as being the fastest and most efficient generation of CLS yet.

The range now starts with a new engine – the CLS 220 BlueTEC. Powered by a 2.1-litre diesel engine, the new addition generates 177PS and 129g/km of CO2. The second diesel model is the six-cylinder 350 BlueTEC – producing 258PS and emitting 142g/km. The CLS 350 BlueTEC engine is linked, for the first time, to an all-new nine-speed gearbox as standard – lowering CO2by 18g/km.

Across the new CLS range there are significant upgrades in the technologies fitted, with AMG Line now becoming the default specification of the car. This means COMAND Online, heated front seats and the ambient lighting system are all fitted as standard (helping towards a saving of £5,695 over the model it replaces).

On every CLS a new eight-inch tablet-style screen is fitted as standard, running the latest ‘NTG 5’ software allowing new Mercedes-Benz apps, including the Mercedes Me system, to be downloaded and used in the car. LED Multibeam headlights are also fitted to the new CLS as standard – allowing benchmark visibility at night without dazzling other road users.

What does a Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (2012 – 2018) cost?

Contract hire from £405.97 per month