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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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Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes released information on its new CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake a few days ago and we have to admit that we like it a lot. But then again we need to point out that we’ve been fans of the CLS since it was first launched globally in 2004 so we could be biased, well that and the fact that we generally love the sonorous sound of the 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine.

Just like the Mercedes CLS did in 2004, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is also seen as a first in terms of “establishing a completely new, small and select niche sector,” according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake fills the gap for individuals wanting an executive size sports coupe with an added level of practicality. This is revealed by the generous interior and luggage compartment size with a volume of up to 1550 litres.

The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine mated to the the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission serves out power output and torque levels of 386 kW and 700 Nm respectively, with the Edition 1 package offering up power output and torque levels of 410 kW and 800 Nm respectively. Both variants offer driving performance of the highest calibre: accelerating from zero to 100 kph takes 4.4 and 4.3 seconds respectively, and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 kph.

Despite the superb power offered by the engine the fuel consumption figures are claimed to be 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). These relatively low fuel consumption figures are partly possible due to the use of an electromechanical AMG sports parameter steering which only draws power when the vehicle is actually being steered.

The ride and handling of the car has not been ignored either and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake comes fitted with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, which allows the driver to choose between 3 suspension modes of “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus” at the press of a button. The 3-stage -ESP® with SPORT Handling mode also enables three individual control strategies to be selected at the press of a button.

Some of the notable elements on the exterior styling of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake include the AMG front apron with cross strut finished in high-gloss black, the AMG radiator grille with single slat and the AMG-specific design of the bonnet. Whilst at the AMG-specific rear apron with diffuser look and the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes add some level of dynamism to the rear of the car.

Okay so it has all the AMG trademark exterior and interior features. So what really stands out for us out of all the extensive range of optional extras? It’s the designo wooden luggage compartment floor. This luggage compartment floor is made of open-pore American cherry wood, a decorative fine wood traditionally used in superior interior design work, high-quality furniture and exclusive ship outfitting applications. The rubber inserts incorporated in the floor, not only help to protect the wooden floor but also feature anti-slip properties which help make the luggage space more usable. The floors look lovely but were not sure as yet what that will set you back, but then again to be considering the purchase of such a car money can’t be such a big issue right?

Have a look at the videos below for a bit more info on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

 

 

 

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