The shooting-brake variant of the new Mercedes E Class could be on its way, showing that the Fascination concept seen at the 2008 Paris show may not be a dud. The estate car body style is known as a “shooting brake” and is in the design of many new and differing models seen especially in the German brands of late.
The Mercedes E Class family will expand to include the shooting brake, in addition to the sedan, coupé and convertible. It should be on the market in 2011 and follows other similar styles such as the BMW X6, the Mercedes CLS and the future Audi A5 Sportback.
The E Class shooting brake is set to be a mix of coupé style with three doors and sports style, and the versatility of a station wagon with a roomy boot. The Paris concept was originally meant to be a look at the E-Class Coupé but here we could see a standalone model.
Apparently the green light is already on and the shooting brake has been given the go-ahead with the E-Class Coupé engine range, including four-cylinde and V6 diesels and BlueEFFICIENCY technology.
The standard estate will appear first at the Frankfurt show in September, followed by the convertible version and then eventually this sports wagon. In the future we could see an AMG version, depending on succes. If the CLS is anything to go by, Mercedes could have hit on a new, profitable trend.
Source | AutoExpress