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2008-09-11 09:17
Fascination

Mercedes-Benz is to show its ConceptFascination (yes, one word) at the Paris Motor Show, which not only previews the next E-Class but also the CLK.

Conceived at the Mercedes design studio in Sindelfingen, Germany,the concept reveals a radical new styling trend for the German carmaker.

The Fascination prototype is a sporty two-door wagon, or a shooting brake concept.

Although Mercedes says it has no plans for a production version of the four-seat Fascination, rumour has it that it could be produced as an extension of the CLK line – creating yet another niche motoring segment.

The concept’s nose design features dual trapezoidal headlights with a three-slat grille that will appear almost unchanged on the CLK as well as the E-class.

Underneath, the Fascination uses the same basic rear-wheel-drive underpinnings as the C-class, with power coming from a four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine.

Snazzy interior

The concept’s cabin has what Mercedes calls an “equestrian-inspired motif”. The aluminium centre console is covered with thick, dark leather, which is also found on the dashboard - featuring a five-tube instrument cluster and silver dials - and door armrests.

The seats and other interior surfaces have nubuck leather trim, while walnut and chrome trim pieces are found throughout the interior.

The cargo floor is made of wood accented with brushed-aluminum protective rails.

In typical concept tradition it is packed with gadgets too and under the floor are two storage compartments. In one are two pairs of binoculars and in the other a digital camera with interchangeable lenses.

There's also a folding glass table in the centre of the cargo area that can rise out from the floor to reveal a humidor and can be pulled out to serve as a picnic table. What is more, is that it even comes with a small fridge.

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