head lamps, some sources say it will get the typical
layout again. Other claim Mercedes will desist from this design. And there's
another interesting rumour about the CLS. German magazines state Daimler would
be thinking over a Shooting Brake version. Although the recently shown concept
'Fascination' was clearly an E-class, Mercedes actually had the CLS in mind
as they created the design study.
With a coupe, a convertible, an estate and a sedan, there are definitely enough
derivations of the E-class, whereas a Shooting Brake would make perfectly senese
for the CLS. After all a sporty 2-door station wagon is as unusual as a 4-door
coupe is. But there's also talk of another approach. A German publication
(AutoBild) had recently reported that Daimler will be making it a four-door.
So it would look like a usual station wagon, yet flatter! Does it makes sense?
No! But what sense makes a four-door coupe at all? Regarding the mag, it could
possibly get an individual name too: The CLT-class. Only problem, Mercedes-Benz are
currently reducing the number of classes. So why creating a new name for car that's
actually nothing but a derivation?
And, a two-door Shooting Brake had already been considered with the first generation
[click the skecth above this section],
but they gave up on this
idea because they too low sales had been expected. And, things haven't definitely
changed to the better since then. In view of the global recession and dramatically
declining sales in this sector, today it seems even more unlikely that they will
bring it out. Unless, the green approach turns the niche model into a real bestseller.