Mercedes Benz FASCINATION shooting brake for Paris Motor Show 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008, 8:26 by Auto Correspondent

Mercedes Benz has revealed the Mercedes conceptFascination shooting brake’s photos – the car which featuers hints as to the future E-class coupe. The Mercedes conceptFascination will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008.

Photo: Mercedes conceptFascination features hints of the future e-class

Photo: Mercedes conceptFascination features hints of the future e-class

The shooting-brake Mercedes Fascination Coupe two-door wagon has been dubbed as a Mercedes lifestyle vehicle that combines style with practicality. The current E-class from Meredes is a bit long in the tooth, and it is quite likely that the front end styling of the conceptFASCINATION will find their way to the new e-class.

Photo: Mercedes conceptFascination shooting brake

Photo: Mercedes conceptFascination shooting brake

Mercedes has said as much – that the Mercedes Fascination Concept will represent ideas that will be incorporated in the next-generation Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe. The shooting brake itself a type of vehicle that is not much seen nowadays from any manufacturer. Nowadays, the term shooting brake is used to call any hatchback car with some sporty pretensions that feature a squared-off rear.

The concept Fascination coupe rear

The concept Fascination coupe rear

The design of the Mercedes Benz concept Fascination is futuristic and stylish as you can see from the bunch of photos we have managed to collect. The Mercedes Benz Fascination concept has a frameless side-window line, that creates a continuous arc from front to rear, unimpeded by a B-pillar. The side windows can be lowered completely to reveal the cockpit.

The exterior is dynamic with sharp edges, grey-backed LED highlights and C-shaped fibre-optic inserts that serve as daytime running lights. The front rhomboid headlamps – have though not been to everyone’s liking in any of the cars that have incorporated it.

How much of the conceptFascination will make it into the upcoming e-class – Mercedes would be taking a good look at the feedback from the Paris Motor Show to decide on that.

The bonnet of the Mercedes Benz Fascination has a ridge in the center with a V shape that extends to the single-louvre grill and the central Mercedes star.

The Mercedes Benz Fascination concept has a front apron with a small double-wing assembly at the base and a chrome trim strip that runs all round the lower body of the vehicle. At the front of the Mercedes Benz Fascination concept are LED fog lamps set into the chrome strip.

The wheel arches are rounded and the door handles seem to extend rearward in line with the flowing lines of the Mercedes Benz Fascination concept.

The rear of the Mercedes Benz Fascination concept also has a V shape, with a spoiler-mounted high-level brake light that is reflected in the rear window, and flat, horizontal LED lights. Four exhaust tailpipes are mounted within a rear apron.

A smoked glass panoramic roof and the continuous side windows give a feeling of light and air to the plush interiors of the Mercedes Benz Fascination concept. Mercedes has said that the fine materials used in the interiors – leather, wood and aluminium – are inspired by the world of equestrianism.

The interior has saddle-style thick, dark leather that covers the aluminium centre console, the upper section of the dashboard, the door armrests, and between each of the seats. Adding to the luxurious feel of the Mercedes Fascination’s interior are seats covered with light nubuck leather, a deep-pile carpet, and a walnut, aluminium and chrome trim. The dashboard of the Mercedes Fascination E-Class Coupe concept has an instrument cluster with five tubes and silver dials.

The load compartment of the Mercedes Fascination shooting brake coupe is made of wood with brushed aluminum protective rails. It has a folding smoked glass table that pops out at the touch of a button, a humidor, a refrigerated compartment for drink, and champagne flutes. In keeping with the equestrian feel, two under-floor compartments contain two sets of binoculars and a digital camera with interchangeable Leica lenses.

The new 2.2-litre diesel engine, that has BlueTEC and AdBlue technology and develops 204bhp, is said to be drawn from the future E-Class Coupe.

Overall, we like the Fascination concept – hold on now till October when we have a lot more pictures from Paris.