New Mercedes-Benz CLS unveiled

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) is breaking into another niche with the all-new CLS Shooting Brake.

Previewed to the Thai media this week and due to make its public debut at Bangkok's Motor Expo later this month, the sleek-looking estate is based on the regular CLS, itself a niche-breaker with its coupe-shaped saloon body. Aside from the unusual looks of the CLS Shooting Brake, the interior boot floor has a wooden surface similar to what you see in yachts.

The country's best-selling luxury brand has also announced a new variant for the CLS range: a 204hp 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel-turbo engine with seven-speed automatic transmission.

Complementing the existing CLS350 petrol head, the oil-burning CLS250 CDI is set to become the best-selling model in the range _ already proven by its popularity in the Thai grey market.

Prices of the CLS250 range from 4.99 to 5.29 million baht.