CLS-Class Shooting Brake

CLS-Class SB

What’s in the name?


The term Shooting Brake – or Shooting Break – has its origins in an old-fashioned carriage used to break in wild horses. This evolved over time, with Shooting Break referring to an array of custom-built carriages – and later, custom-built motor cars – designed to carry hunting parties and their equipment.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the term Shooting Brake enjoyed a revival, particularly in Great Britain where it became associated with a specific automotive body shape that blended two-door coupé style with estate car practicality.

Sporty and highly desirable, these cars were the epitome of luxurious and exclusive automotive design. The CLS Shooting Brake, with its lavish features such as the optional designo open-pore American cherry wood load compartment floor, follows in their illustrious footsteps.

CLS-Class Coupe


Coupés have always had that certain special something about them. But the Mercedes-Benz engineers wanted even more: a Coupé with four doors and comfortable rear seats. The unveiling of the original CLS marked the birth of a design icon, surpassed only by the new-generation CLS. With the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for even more efficiency and dynamism (for selected models). The optionally available MULTIBEAM LED light system. And lines that are just made for a grand entrance.

Fine-tuning for the design trendsetter.

Mercedes-Benz is making the CLS even more irresistible. This one-of-a-kind four-door coupé – the pioneer of a whole new automotive segment – has now been fine-tuned to give it added appeal.

Understated but masterly neatly sums up the result of the restyling programme for the CLS. At the front, it is the modified radiator grille that stands out, with two louvres now instead of the previous four. The diamond-shaped, three-dimensional grilles painted in atlas grey that cover the air intakes project an even greater air of self-assurance as well as adding further emphasis to the vehicle’s width. The exterior mirrors have also been given a new look. The LED side indicator lamps that are built into them are arranged in the form of an arrow to produce a most eye-catching effect, especially in the dark. The mirror surface has furthermore been enlarged by 32 per cent to afford a clearer view of the traffic behind and thereby boost active safety.