2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Won’t Spawn A Shooting Brake, But What If It Did?

Whenever an important car gets a new version, renderings of all shapes and sizes start to pop up almost immediately. For the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, perhaps no one is more relevant than the one that turns it into a sleek Estate, or Shooting Brake as Mercedes preferred to call the 2nd-generation model.

We imagine it didn’t take X-Tomi too long to turn this 4-door CLS into something more family-friendly. As you can see, the rear end is the only thing that’s different, and if it wasn’t for the curved roof, you probably wouldn’t know whether this was a regular wagon or a Shooting Brake.

Either way, even if you like the latter as a body style, the German automaker won’t be doubling down on it with the CLS, which is said to remain strictly a saloon four-door coupe.

Owners of the 2nd-gen CLS Shooting Brake considering a trade-in are, therefore, left with the E-Class Estate, which certainly packs its fair share of advantages over the old CLS but is less exclusive, if they want to remain loyal to the brand. Unless, of course, they are willing to change, in which case they have a fair share of midsize premium estates to chose from.

  • no25

    “What if it did?” Well, it’ll look like any other Mercedes model out there.

  • Ilbirs

    The problem of turning a CLS into a station wagon is that the final result ends looking like a cockroach.

  • Zandit75

    Surprised we haven’t already seen a render of the new Urus in ute form, or even in a 2-door coupe style SUV.
    Starting to slow down are we X-Tomi?

    • exeptor

      Many people asked/wondered/got annoyed why there won’t be the so called shooting brake. He just gave it to us. I quite like renders – in a way they give us the fell of old times coach building, which in general was something very good. I won’t be surprised if someone transform his/her new CLS into a shooting brake … Which will be super cool.

      • Zandit75

        Except it’s not a shooting brake, it’s an estate, regardless of what Mercedes called the 2nd Gen version. What X-Tomi has provided is a swoopy wagon, end of story.

        • Kagiso Mutlaneng

          Then what is a Shooting Brake? Please don’t say a contemporary 2/3 door “fastback” first seen on *insert American car brand here* in the 60s & 70s, because 5 door Shooting Brake’s preceded many of those (incl. a 1930s Rolls-Royce Phantom II).

          • Zandit75

            Taken from Wikipedia…..
            “Shooting-brake originated as an early 19th century British term for a vehicle used to carry shooting parties with their equipment and game”

        • exeptor

          I personaly agree on some level with you, but if we accept the word “coupe” for CLS then I see no problem accepting shooting brake for its wagon form.

      • jsz00

        The renderings are sloppy. They’re insults to designers and coach builders.

        • exeptor

          Fine. On the other hand if we take the latest creations of The Designers then I see no need to insult them … they already did it by themselves.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Pretty sharp.

    • Bash

      I hardly see any sharp angles. 😉

  • SteersUright

    What is the auto journalist obsession with station wagons all about? They’re ugly, plain and simple. They’re utilitarian, sure, but they never look as good/sexy as their sedan or coupe counterparts given they’re essentially low slung mini-vans.

    • exeptor

      Probably but I will take RS6 and RS4 as wagons every time.

      • SteersUright

        Why?! The RS4 sedan that we got here with its flared fenders was gorgeous at its time. The Wagon looked foolish by comparison.

        • exeptor

          I can’t give a reasonable answer apart the fact that I like them (RS models) more than sedans.

    • jsz00

      Not to mention less aerodynamic… and they’re probably carrying 0 items 95% of the time to utilize the extra space.

  • Zed68

    Funny how many times we have to explain the writers of a website about cars what a shooting brake is. THIS IS NOT!

  • Christian Wimmer

    I think the new CLS looks pretty nice. But I think what really helps are the colors. In red it looks stunning, but in grey it looks a little subdued.

    Still an overall pleasing design in my opinion. My favorite is still the second generation model.

  • jsz00

    Another stupid X-tomi rendering. Missing taillights, no bumper. Please stop.

  • looks much better than the “coupé”. Overall, the previous car looks more athletic. New one, front, ok, interior, awesome, back ugly, sides? Just fat and awful.

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