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Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: Model Range and Pricing

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake: Model Range and Pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake wagon/estate with its unmistakable coupe proportions, has finally been launched in South Africa.

The CLS Shooting Brake’s proportions create a crouched posture: long bonnet, narrow window profile with frameless side windows, roof sloping dynamically towards the rear and continuing to the tail end of the vehicle. Only on closer look does it become clear that the Shooting Brake actually has five doors and offers more in terms of function.

One of the most talked about features of the CLS Shooting Brake, is the optional designo wood luggage compartment floor made from American cherry wood, which highlights the interior’s hand-crafted character.

The American cherry wood is a classic fine wood variety which contrasts effectively with the fumed oak inlaid work and the aluminium rails. This lends the luggage compartment the elegance of a yacht’s wooden deck combined with the fascination of high-tech and precision workmanship. The wood is characterised by its flexibility and elasticity, as well as its density and fine texture.

The CLS Shooting Brake offers five interior colours, five trim designs plus two different quality of leather to choose from. Customers have a choice of three exclusive wood types for the trim: high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash and silk matt poplar. Black piano lacquer trim is also optionally available.

Being a wagon, the CLS Shooting Brake offers a level of practicality. The CLS Shooting Brake has a load volume of between 590 and 1550 litres; this is despite the roof line, which one would think would inhibit load space. The CLS Shooting Brake also comes equipped standard with the EASY-PACK tailgate with electric opening and closing.

In conjunction with COMAND Online and reversing camera, a special camera resolution and an additional guide line are available to help the driver hook up a trailer without any assistance.

The CLS Shooting Brake is available with three engine variants – three petrol engines – CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG.

The CLS 350 BlueEFFICICIENCY (225kW and 370NM) with the V6 naturally aspirated engine and the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY (300kW and 600Nm) with the V8 bi-turbo engine both come with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake with an AMG 5.5 litre V8 bitrubo engine rated at 386kW which delivers 700Nm of torque comes with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. With the “Edition 1″ variant, these performance values rise to 410 kW and 800 Nm.

Both the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 63 AMG come with the ECO start/stop function as standard.

The CLS Shooting Brake  ride and handling consists a cobination of AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping, electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive steering and the optional AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is the epitome of superlative driving dynamics.

From a safety perspective , the CLS Shooting Brake comes with a plethora of both active and passive safety systems. More than ten driver assistance systems are able to help prevent traffic accidents and reduce the severity of an accident.

Standard safety features include BAS PLUS and the PRE-SAFE® Brake. Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are available as part of the Driving Assistance package Plus together with DISTRONIC PLUS.  Both assistance systems are not only able to detect an unintentional lane change or vehicles in the blind spot, but can also correct the direction of travel by gentle brake intervention if the driver ignores the visual or audible danger warnings.

The pricing for the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake starts as follows:

CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake – R835 000

CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake – R1 044 000

CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – R1 380 000

CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake “Edition 1” – R1 525 900

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