A term dating back to horse-driven travel in the 19th century, the word coupe originally defined a short wheelbase, enclosed carriage. The automobile would eventually classify the coupe as a two-door closed-cockpit vehicle. However, in recent model years, auto makers have challenged the term as four-doors became to adapt the coupe moniker to showcase a sportier profile. The Mercedes-Benz CLS was first in 2004 with the Volkswagen CC following the lead. Bringing chaos to order, the German auto company is once again using the Beijing Auto Show 2010 to reveal their latest design study.
Called the Concept Shooting Break, Mercedes-Benz has used coupe cues to create a new design enigma. The extended interior compartment resembles the newer European estate wagons but the sloping angle of the roof line is really more tell-tale to a fastback. Etched deeply along the side panels, a contouring effect adds to the sports style right up to the rear passengers doors. It may be controversial to mention in Stuttgart, but this Concept Shooting Break design cue appears alarmingly similar to their Bavarian rival’s sports car, the BMW Z4. Find a side profile view of both vehicles and make the determination yourself. The low ride and roof height, large 20 inch wheels, and a rear-end completed with an intimidating chrome exhaust tips are cappers for creating a German performance car from an unconventional shape.
Illuminating the stylish silhouette at night, Mercedes-Benz has uses powerful LED headlamps. Achieving intense brightness with the minimal use of power, 71 individual LEDs beam within the Concept Shooting Break light housing.
Encapsulating four passengers within bucket seating similar to the CLS, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Shooting Break elongated roof line means the rear seat riders will not be burdened with the restricted adult headroom of the production sedan. Inside, occupants ride within well-supported leather seating vented featuring perforated cushions underneath a glass roof. The Concept Shooting Break also features a significant rear cargo room. Covering the spacious luggage area with high-grade wood, the floor within the passenger space features carpeting supplied by Maybach.
While the Mercedes-Benz Concept Shooting Break is still under evaluation a beating within the shapely, long hood is a high-tech V-6 engine the German auto company pledges is “…the forerunner to the forthcoming new V-engine generation from Mercedes-Benz”. Using super-efficient gasoline direct injection and a stop/start system for peak fuel economy possibilities, the 3.5 liter powerplant fires the Concept Shooting Break forward with 306 horses.
As the Mercedes-Benz Concept Shooting Break gathers its first set of eyes in Shanghai, it remains to be seen whether this is automotive marketing run amok or an inspiring template for the boundless stretches of performance motoring in the 21st century.