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FLORENCE – Mercedes-Benz has just launched its CLS Shooting Brake on the international market. There was a wide range of vehicles available to us on the launch, but South Africa will only get the CLS 350, CLS 500 and the CLS 63 AMG when it arrives in local showrooms in November this year.
Having long deliberated whether or not to build a shooting brake version of its svelte CLS, Mercedes-Benz has now released official pictures and information regarding the production-approved CLS Shooting Brake. It’ll be here next year and will be followed by an AMG version soon thereafter.
No sooner had we learned that Mercedes-Benz had given its CLS Shooting Brake the production go-ahead when an official trailer showing an AMG-fettled model cropped up on-line. The CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake will feature the firm’s 5,5-litre twin-turbo V8 packing 386 kW and 700 N.m of torque.
It seems that Mercedes-Benz is testing all over South Africa these days. A heavily disguised next-gen S-Class was recently spotted in Gauteng, and now the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was spotted doing some hot weather testing in the Nothern Cape. CAR reader D. Herholdt was able to snap a few images.
Mercedes-Benz bigwig Dr. Dieter Zetsche had just approved production plans for a second, more compact, shooting brake model to join the upcoming CLS Shooting Brake.