Mercedes-Benz Inadvertently Confirms CLS Shooting Brake for the US [Update]

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (X218) 1 photo
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While it's not entirely certain that Mercedes-Benz did this unwittingly or it was simply an easter egg for all those eagle-eyed aficionados of the three-pointed star out there, the facts remain.
As it happens, the very first commercial for the new Mercedes-Benz CLS lineup was filmed somewhere in the US - it looks like New York to us - with both the facelifted CLS (C218) and the CLS Shooting Brake (X218) being filmed while cruising around the busy city's streets.

While at first we were feeling pretty uplifted by the spoken word style of the backing vocals, we then noticed something rather interesting in the footage.

Apparently, not only the “regular” CLS is sporting the US-required amber lights, but the CLS Shooting Brake facelift as well, which obviously gives us a clue about the upcoming availability of the model in the land of the free.

There is no official confirmation about this fact, but we sincerely doubt that Mercedes-Benz would have gone with all the trouble of fitting a CLS Shooting Brake (X218) facelift with Michigan plates and US-customary amber lights just to film a commercial in American traffic.

The mid-cycle refresh of the trend-setting CLS family was officially unveiled earlier today, but Mercedes-Benz said nothing about when the cars will be available in showrooms.

Despite that, recent reports say that the facelifted model should start reaching customers sometime in September, which also gives us a clue about their availability in the United States. We are now waiting for the official confirmation of all of the above, so stay tuned if you want to learn more. Meanwhile, you can check out the first commercial for the new Mercedes-Benz CLS facelift below.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, our entire speculation above is wrong. We recently spoke with the CEO of MBUSA, Steve Cannon, who told us that the CLS Shooting Brake will not get a US-version. 

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