Mercedes-Benz fans have been impatient to see the official release of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake and while the excitement is high, so is the disappointment in learning that American drivers won’t see this model showing up at any of their local dealerships. Christian Bokich, Manager of Product & Technology Public Relations confirmed “Currently, there are no plans to bring the CLS Shooting Brake to the United States.” Of course when you take a second gander at this new Benz, it does look a bit too much like a station wagon from days gone by and might not have the same popularity in the United States as what it is expected to get in Europe.
While the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was designed with a unique appeal, it does have a sort of sporty appearance and is obviously built for capacity.
“The CLS Shooting Brake is based on the great tradition of stylish sportiness which has always characterised Mercedes, and takes these unique icons an exciting step further”, explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes‑Benz. “It stands for the enhanced design idiom of Mercedes-Benz which is oriented towards aesthetic, avant-garde principles”.
Aesthetic and avant-garde it may be, to a point and will certainly appeal to busy families and those who wish to have a little junk in their trunk. It has the option of a four cylinder which goes an acceptable, if sluggish for the sporty styling, 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds and tops out at 155 miles per hour. But it was not built for speed, it was built for cargo and has about 54.7 cubic feet of that available behind the power liftgate that comes standard on all versions. Also standard is an automatically adjustable air suspension to assure a smooth ride no matter what you haul in it. An optional towing kit gives more opportunity to haul whatever won’t fit in the back.