Merc Shooting Break 1

It’s a case of all that potential being impossible to ignore – Mercedes-Benz has made the decision to put into serial production its CLS Shooting Brake concept car unveiled earlier this year in April at Auto China 2010.

The car is slated to make its market debut in 2012, and will be built at the company’s plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. No further details have been suggested at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the powertrain as well as drivetrain combinations found on the new CLS will be available here as well. The concept came wearing a 306 hp and 370 Nm 3.5 litre V6, working with a 7G-tronic tranny.

Merc Shooting Break 2

Curiously, the naming convention used at the start with the concept, which was Break, might now be tilting towards the homonym Brake. Ah well, as long as everyone knows what it is, I suppose – the Shooting Brake term was once given to carriages used to “break” in wild horses and also to restrict (or “brake”) their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses, for those still not already in the know.