Mercedes has confirmed that the Shooting Brake concept it revealed in Beijing earlier this year will become the estate version of the CLS.
The elegantly styled wagon will be badged as the CLS Shooting Brake, and is due to go in production in 2012.
The car is likely to inherit the concept's swooping roofline which means that while practicality is likely to be compromised, the model should be worthy of its evocative name.
Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche said, "In 2004 Mercedes-Benz established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupé CLS and created a design icon.
"The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and that is exactly what the customers expect from us."
The car will be built at the manufacturer's facility at Sindelfingen which already produces the E-Class and the CLS saloon.
The Shooting Brake is likely to share its engines with the new CLS, which received its international launch last month.