We brought you the news that Mercedes-Benz was considering the future of its CLS Shooting Brake around a fortnight ago.
A report out of the US predicted that the new CLS Shooting Brake, scheduled for 2018, would not see the light of day owing to poor sales in the key US and Chinese markets.
Dubbed the ‘GT4’, this new four-door would be a rival to the Porsche Panamera and possibly perch upon the CLS’ underpinnings. This could potentially allow for a wagon version sometime after the GT4 launches.
The rumoured launch date for the GT4 is 2018, which would, of course, fit neatly with the reported end-date of CLS Shooting Brake production.
And since news of the rumoured GT4 model broke, the chorus of reports chanting the death of the CLS Shooting Brake has become louder, with UK mag Car the latest to get on board.
The latest news on the curvy CLS wagon’s demise points to a continuation of the CLS four-door coupe from 2018, but without the curvaceous wagon bodystyle.
Given Mercedes management had reportedly already approved a next-generation CLS Shooting Brake, it's a strategic about-face.
Besides China and the US, slowing economies in the Middle East and Russia are believed to have concerned Benz’s big-wigs enough that they believe CLS Shooting Brake sales will continue to fall short of targets.
And while Mercedes-Benz currently has a model serving almost every corner of the market, enforced cost-cutting and unsteady sales in some markets may soon see a few of the less-popular models being shown the door.
Mercedes isn’t the only German carmaker trimming the fat from its line-up, with a recent report suggesting Audi may be cutting the three-door hatch from its next-gen A3 range.
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