In October 2004, Mercedes-Benz established an all-new vehicle segment with the now iconic CLS-Class - our first ever four-door coupé. And in September 2008, we developed the coupé concept further with the FASCINATION concept car.
Both these vehicles have had a profound influence on our latest concept car, the Shooting Break – a revolutionary mix of coupé styling with estate car space and practicality.
“The Shooting Break concept car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further,” explains Professor Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. “At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”
Breaking new ground in vehicle design, the Shooting Break elegantly combines classic coupé proportions - the long bonnet, the low, frameless side windows, the dynamic sloping roof – with the convenience of four doors and an estate-style rear.
Drawing on design elements from the SLS AMG supercar, the expressive front end features a distinctive radiator grille with bold central star. Significantly, the grille is not integrated into the bonnet – it’s been designed as a “soft nose” to help improve pedestrian protection.
The grille is flanked by full LED headlamps, which for the first time offer all the dynamic light functions of our existing bi-xenon system, such as cornering light technology and Adaptive High Beam Assist.
Moving back along the vehicle, the athletic profile is enhanced by a striking beltline which arcs towards the rear – a fresh take on the “dropping line” of iconic Mercedes-Benz coupés. Muscular haunches, wrap-around tail lights, twin pipe exhaust system, 20” sterling silver wheels and a unique satin paint finish further emphasise the Shooting Break’s striking presence.