Fascination casts spell
It’s the morph the merrier for the Benz boys, writes PAUL GOVER
THE morph men have done it again in Germany. After successfully combining a four-door sedan with a curvy coupe to create the top-selling CLS, the development team at Mercedes-Benz has now rammed a wagon into the back of a two-door coupe.
The result is called the ConceptFascination and it’s an odds-on bet for a new place in the Silver Star family.
Officially, the radical two-door is only a ‘‘design study’’ but it will be under the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show in two weeks and will probably be in showrooms within three years.
Why? Because Benz can and because it should.
The ConceptFascination — another morph— shows there is plenty of life in the old-fashioned British ‘‘shooting brake’’, originally a luxury sedan modified with a station wagon tail so the upper classes could shoot small, feathered-and-furry creatures.
We’ve seen something similar with the Volvo C30, but the new Benz is much bigger and much more elegant.
It also comes at a time when Mercedes-Benz is about to change its name game — the next CLK will be called the E-Class coupe — in a move that clears the way for something new.
‘‘The ConceptFascination is a vehicle that’s pretty much unique,’’ Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman David McCarthy says.
‘‘It is only a concept. But if it was to come to market it would probably sell very well.
‘‘You only have to look at the CLS, which was totally new. Since its introduction we’ve sold more than 150,000 worldwide.’’
The ConceptFascination is about the same size as a CLK coupe, but sits much lower and has a dramatic sweep from nose to tail.
Benz claims it is emotional, practical and elegant. The Paris Show car has a combination of wood, aluminium and smoked glass, to give it an upmarket look, and a giant sunroof.
But don’t expect the fridge or cigar humidor in the concept car to make it to showrooms.
Instead, the ConceptFascination will combine a four-door coupe cabin with a truly useful luggage space beneath its upright rear hatch.