A couple days ahead of the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz lifted the cover off their latest concept car: the Concept Shooting Break. Yes, Mercedes-Benz knows how they spelled "Break." No, they didn't mean to use the homonym, "brake". The mash up of their SLS AMG and CLS models was named after the carriages used in Europe to "break" in wild horses so they could be used for work. The Breaks used for hunting where called, what else, Shooting Breaks. These came with a larger luggage area to stow guns and whatever else you needed when hunting back in the day. That brings us to the wagon with the coupe profile we have here. With its striking looks and new powerplant, Mercedes sees concept as being a look to the future of the brand. Find out what it's all about below.

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EXTERIOR: Chief designer at Mercedes-Benz, Professor Gorden Wagener described the look of the Shooting Break as carrying on the "great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterized the great Mercedes Coupés." And by "the great Mercedes Coupes," it's pretty obvious he's talking about the SLS AMG from which the Shooting Break borrows its front end. The long hood, slopping roof line and border-less door windows are borrowed from another important Mercedes coupe—albeit a four door one—the CLS. Take a look it the side profile and tell us it doesn't resemble a hatchback CLS.

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Concept Shooting Break
INTERIOR: For a concept car, the Shooting Break's interior looks pretty close to production spec. You get the usual high quality leathers (almost 32 square feet of it) and wood grains—a deep Oak is used here—and a spacious, comfortable cabin. To open the air and bring light into the interior, they've employed a panoramic sunroof that spans the entire roof. Peep in the back and you'll see leather carrying backs and a wooden oak trunk floor—hearkening back to the old days of Shooting Breaks. In contrast to the glossy exterior, all interior surfaces are treated to a kind of organic matte finish.

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Concept Shooting Break
POWER: The Concept Shooting Break looks fast. From the SLS front end to the sloping body that gives it a sling shot like stance, you would expect it to have some sort of get up and go. To make that happen, Mercedes decided to throw a version of their upcoming V series of engines. The new 3.5 L V6 is good for 306 hp, with torque figures upwards of 300 lb-ft, so it should be able to move.

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