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Mercedes has used the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition to introduce a new four-door coupe concept hotly anticipated by many.  The Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept is fitted with a new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 horsepower (225 kW) and up to 370 Nm (273 ft-lb) of torque.

The concept car is a preview of the upcoming 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, a competitor to the Audi A7, BMW 5-Series GT, and Porsche Panamera.  With a long hood, bulbous rear wheel arches, deeply cut styling across the car's side panels, and a swooping roofline, the concept is much better proportioned than the often-criticized 5er GT.

"The Shooting Break concept car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further," said Mercedes top designer Prof. Gorden Wagener in a press release.  "At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

Features on the concept include headlights made from 71 LEDs that out perform traditional lighting by giving the driver five different settings depending on condition.  The lamps flank either side of the SLS AMG-styled radiator grille, and are set above large air intakes.  The car rides on one-off five-spoke 20-inch silver wheels, which fit in well with the satin-finish allanite grey mango paint job.

Inside, the car makes good use of contrasting cream and brown leather, though a third leather shade needlessly creates a tri-color scheme.  The use of the cream tone as the dominant color that carries into the headliner works to make the concept feel more spacious and comfortable.  This is further accentuated by the large glass roof that extends over the heads of the rear passengers.  Behind the rear seats are stylish storage units meant to fit items like a laptop or tool kit, with a drawback that they may be hard to reach.  A flat wooden floor in back will make sliding luggage or golf clubs in and out of the car a bit easier.

While the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept will be translated into a production version over the next year, so too will the engine and full-LED headlights.  The efficient engine, fitted with stop/start, is already being prepped for future use, while the LED light scheme has been made to work with the Mercedes Adaptive Highbeam Assist system.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break Concept revealed - 2012 CLS preview [Video]

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