Few recent designs have had more of an impact on industry styling than the coupe-like Mercedes-Benz CLS. The sweeping shape, blending elegant form with functionality, has strongly influenced any number of competitive offerings, from BMW to Volkswagen, as well as a variety of U.S. and Asian makers.
And it’s inspiring some creative efforts right inside Mercedes German design studios, as these images of the CLS-like Shooting Brake concept wagon suggest. From a side view, the influence of Mercedes’ Coupe-Like-Sedan is immediately apparent, though there’s also a touch of the new, gullwinged SLS roadster in the nose of the new concept vehicle – which will make its debut at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show.
With the grand proliferation we’ve seen in the luxury market, in recent years, it’s increasingly common to see one maker life another’s design. That happened with the swooping form of the original CLS sedan. Here, however, Mercedes seems to be responding to arch-rival BMW’s new 5-Series Grand Turismo line – but rather than echoing the heavy and angular Bavarian shape, Mercedes has repurposed the sleek likes of the CLS.
This is clearly not the sort of wagon Baby Boomers grew up with, and with more and more manufacturers looking to revive the moribund segment in the U.S. market, this CLS Shooting Brake could shatter long-standing opposition to the wagon. In other parts of the world, like Europe, this Shooting Brake concept could stretch already strong demand for two-box models even further.