Mercedes-Benz CLS estate in the works, will be built alongside CLS sedan

Mercedes-Benz Fascination Concept

In an effort to improve margins through the addition of a greater number of models, Mercedes-Benz is planning a competitor to the BMW 5-Series Gran Trusimo and the upcoming Audi A7 with an estate version of the second-generation CLS. Insides say that plans for a CLS estate have existed since the CLS sedan was launched in 2004.

“We”re seeking to improve our returns by better utilisation of existing platforms,” a source revealed to AutoCar.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS sedan and estate will be based on a slightly modified E-Class platform and will take design cues from the 2008 ConceptFascination.

Internally known as the X218, the CLS estate will be produced alongside the CLS sedan at the company’s Sindelfingen plant in Germany from early 2012. Engine choices will range from a line of new V6 and V8 units

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar