Having helped launch the fad for four-door coupes that’s currently sweeping Europe with its CLS, Mercedes-Benz wants to move the game on to a whole new niche with this CLS Shooting Brake five-door hatchback. This styling concept [via Autocar] bridges the gap between Mercedes’ current design language, and its next-gen look, which was previewed in Geneva by the F800 Style Concept.
Chief among these forthcoming styling cues is the classic SL-inspired “soft nose” grille treatment, which will become part of Mercedes’ design DNA across the brand’s future lineup. According to Autocar, the CLS Shooting Brake hasn’t been officially announced for production, although the British mag notes that:
[The CLS Shooting Brake] has already been given the internal codename X218. A Stuttgart insider commented, “We don’t traditionally provide cars with codenames until they have been granted an official production go-ahead.”