The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake
is proof that sometimes style wins out over practicality. While the CLS Shooting Brake (forbidden fruit on this side of the Atlantic) does serve up four doors and a liftgate, its plunging roofline diminishes cargo capacity compared to a conventional station wagon.
That doesn’t stop Mercedes-Benz dealers from selling them, and it appears that Volkswagen may be taking inspiration from its fellow German automaker. Autocar
reports that VW is planning a shooting brake of its own, based on the next generation of its shapely CC four-door coupe.
Details are still sketchy, since the CC Shooting Brake has yet to be officially confirmed by Volkswagen. Word is that it will join the next CC four-door coupe on the MQB platform, and that it grow in size to fit the gap between the Passat and Phaeton (which itself may be returning to the U.S. market
The new CC range will be primarily front-drive, although VW’s latest 4Motion all-wheel drive is said to be a returning option on high-end models. Like the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake
, expect the CC Shooting Brake to sport a plunging roofline, emphasizing good looks over outright versatility.
While VW sees a growing market for estate and shooting brake variants in Europe, U.S. sales of a CC Shooting Brake (or whatever the car’s chosen name turns out to be) are doubtful. Not only are we excluded from the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake
, but we don’t even get the Passat station wagon in the U.S. these days.
Blame it on trends or blame it on perceptions, but as any German automaker will tell you, Americans customers buy crossovers, not station wagons.