Mercedes CLS estate planned
Mercedes-Benz is preparing an adversary towards the BMW 5-series GT and forthcoming Audi A7 by having an estate form of the 2nd-generation CLS.
The brand new four-door, alluded to through the 2008 ConceptFascination, is one kind of a throng of recent specialized niche models into consideration by Mercedes-Benz board people in recent several weeks because the firm looks to enhance its margins through adding more models off common platform structures.
Mercedes ConceptFascination pictures
“We’re trying to improve our returns by better utilisation of existing platforms,” a resource revealed to Autocar when asked concerning the new vehicle.
Such as the new CLS saloon due within the United kingdom later this season, the estate depends on the gently modified E-class. The 2 will share styling to the trailing fringe of the leading doorways however the estate have a heavily sloping roofline and angled tailgate like the ConceptFascination’s.
Codenamed X218, the CLS estate is going to be built plus the CLS saloon at Mercedes’ Sindelfingen plant in Germany from early 2012.
Engines includes a variety of new V6 and V8s which is revealed in June when they’re launched within the facelifted CL. Referred to as ‘MoVe Generation’ engines, they’re stated to become great for a 25 percent decrease in fuel consumption over Mercedes’ current V6 and V8 powerplants because of turbocharging and direct injection.
Stuttgart insiders have says plans for any CLS estate have existed because the CLS premiered in 2004.
“We built a 1-off model which was initially slated to become proven in concept vehicle form in the 2003 Frankfurt motor show,” stated Mercedes source, “but it had been pulled in the last second and substituted with a gently veiled form of the development CLS.”
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