The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 – the same year when the second-generation of the CLS-Class was introduced. It went into production two years later, only being sold in the European markets. The niche model hasn’t been successful enough, and so, according to a report from Car Magazine, the company will axe the Shooting Brake variant from the third generation of its four-door luxury fastback when it enters the market in 2018.
Although the design team at Mercedes had formalised the outlook for the next model of the CLS Shooting Brake, looking at the abysmal demand in the overseas market, the German automaker decided to scrap the project.
It is said that customers from the United States and Russia showed little interest in the CLS Shooting Brake, and the same goes for the Middle East. Meanwhile, the Chinese automobile industry has virtually stagnated following the country’s economic crash. Moreover, it also rumoured that the company may discontinue the three-door version of its A-Class because of similar reasons. The fate of the CLA Shooting Brake remains unknown.
The CLS Shooting Brake comes with a variety of engine options, and also an AMG variant. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 578 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed AMG Speedshift Sports transmission. The high performance variant can reach 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and hit a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
[Source: Car Magazine]