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Mercedes expands CLA lineup to include the Shooting Brake

Mercedes expands CLA lineup to...
The CLA Shooting Brake's front styling is almost identical to the styling on the coupe
The CLA Shooting Brake's front styling is almost identical to the styling on the coupe
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The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is a sleek wagon to join the four door coupe
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The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is a sleek wagon to join the four door coupe
A limited run OrangeArt package adds some special highlights to the CLA Shooting Brake package
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A limited run OrangeArt package adds some special highlights to the CLA Shooting Brake package
The Shooting Brake is available with a range of 5 engines
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The Shooting Brake is available with a range of 5 engines
Rear seat passengers are the real winner, thanks to the CLA Shooting Brake's extra headroom
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Rear seat passengers are the real winner, thanks to the CLA Shooting Brake's extra headroom
Although not quite as slippery as its four-door coupe brother, the CLA Shooting Brake still has a Cd of 0.26
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Although not quite as slippery as its four-door coupe brother, the CLA Shooting Brake still has a Cd of 0.26
Extra bootspace is one of the benefits that comes with the Shooting Brake bodystyle.
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Extra bootspace is one of the benefits that comes with the Shooting Brake bodystyle.
The range topping CLA 250 is available in all-wheel drive
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The range topping CLA 250 is available in all-wheel drive
The CLA Shooting Brake follows in the footsteps of the CLS Shooting Brake
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The CLA Shooting Brake follows in the footsteps of the CLS Shooting Brake
Wide, wraparound taillights accentuate the car's width
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Wide, wraparound taillights accentuate the car's width
Two diesel engines are available on the CLA Shooting Brake
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Two diesel engines are available on the CLA Shooting Brake
Frameless windows contribute to a sleek profile
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Frameless windows contribute to a sleek profile
The CLA's roofline slopes quite aggressively, but still provides reasonable headroom
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The CLA's roofline slopes quite aggressively, but still provides reasonable headroom
Urban and AMG Line styling packages provide special styling cues depending on your preference
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Urban and AMG Line styling packages provide special styling cues depending on your preference
The CLA Shooting Brake is fitted with Mercedes' automatic braking system
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The CLA Shooting Brake is fitted with Mercedes' automatic braking system
The OrangeArt package is a limited edition available at launch
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The OrangeArt package is a limited edition available at launch
Mercedes has not revealed details about pricing
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Mercedes has not revealed details about pricing
A panoramic sunroof is an option on the CLA Shooting Brake
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A panoramic sunroof is an option on the CLA Shooting Brake
The CLA45 AMG is powered by a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine
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The CLA45 AMG is powered by a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine
0-100 km/h is dispatched in just 4.7 seconds
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0-100 km/h is dispatched in just 4.7 seconds
The AMG A45 is all-wheel drive
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The AMG A45 is all-wheel drive
18 inch wheels are standard on the A45 AMG Shooting Brake
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18 inch wheels are standard on the A45 AMG Shooting Brake
Bigger brakes are part of the AMG package
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Bigger brakes are part of the AMG package
A more aggressive front end gives away the fact this isn't an average A-Class
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A more aggressive front end gives away the fact this isn't an average A-Class
The CLA45 AMG's engine returns economy figures of 6.9 l/100km
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The CLA45 AMG's engine returns economy figures of 6.9 l/100km
The engine in the CLA45 AMG is the same as that found in the A45 AMG
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The engine in the CLA45 AMG is the same as that found in the A45 AMG
Inside, AMG has added a number of special touches to the car's interior
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Inside, AMG has added a number of special touches to the car's interior
Special seats keep the driver in place during heavy cornering
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Special seats keep the driver in place during heavy cornering
The CLA45 AMG's body is largely unchanged from the standard Shooting Brake
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The CLA45 AMG's body is largely unchanged from the standard Shooting Brake
The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
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The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
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The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
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The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
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The Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake
The CLA Shooting Brake's interior is largely the same as that in the standard CLA coupe
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The CLA Shooting Brake's interior is largely the same as that in the standard CLA coupe
A limited-run OrangeArt package is available on cars sold near launch time
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A limited-run OrangeArt package is available on cars sold near launch time
A flat bottom steering wheel is part of the CLA Shooting Brake's interior package
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A flat bottom steering wheel is part of the CLA Shooting Brake's interior package
The load bay will hold 495 liters
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The load bay will hold 495 liters
Two different interior design packages are available
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Two different interior design packages are available
With seats folded, the CLA posesses C-Class rivalling space
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With seats folded, the CLA posesses C-Class rivalling space
A 7-inch screen is the centerpiece of the interior
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A 7-inch screen is the centerpiece of the interior
Hooded dials are a part of the CLA's package
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Hooded dials are a part of the CLA's package
OrangeArt adds a number of special styling touches
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OrangeArt adds a number of special styling touches
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The CLA Shooting Brake's front styling is almost identical to the styling on the coupe
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The CLA Shooting Brake's front styling is almost identical to the styling on the coupe
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Mercedes continues to expand its lineup into new niches. The movement started in 2004 with the CLS four-door coupe, and continued when the range expanded to include a shooting brake model. Now, the CLA range has followed suit, with the new compact CLA Shooting Brake, for people who want the practicality of a wagon coupled with the CLA's slick styling.

The CLA Shooting Brake features a long, wagon-style roofline that provides occupants with an extra 4 cm (1.6 in) of headroom over the CLA four-door coupe. The more practical bodystyle also allows a bigger load area – whereas the standard CLA's boot will take 470 L (16.7 cu.ft), its shooting brake cousin will hold 495 L (17.5 cu.ft). By virtue of its higher roofline, the CLA Shooting Brake's rear seats are also easier to access than those on the CLA Coupe.

To achieve the same profile as that on the CLS Shooting Brake, Mercedes' designers have given the CLA model frameless side windows and a sloping roofline, while broad "arrowhead" rear lights make the CLA seem wide and low on the road. Mercedes claims these elements, combined with the Shooting Brake's sharp creases, grant the car a unique look that sets it apart from other vehicles in related segments. This sleek styling is also extremely aerodynamic, with just a Cd of just 0.26.

Regardless of its sleek styling, the heart of the CLA Shooting Brake is a range of two diesel and three petrol engines. Fans of diesel power are treated to two different four-cylinder engines, the first of which produces 100 kW (136 hp) and 300 Nm (211 lb.ft) of torque, for CO2 emissions of 111 g/km in the CLA 200 CDI. The motor in the CLA 220 CDI is 30 kW (41 hp) more powerful than that in the entry level diesel, and produces 350 Nm (258 lb.ft) of torque for CO2 emissions of 112 g/km.

Fuel economy is also very similar between the two diesel engines, with a combined figure of 4.2 L/100 km (56 mpg) for the entry level diesel, and 4.3 lL100km (55 mpg) for the more powerful model.

Petrol power comes from a range of three different four-cylinder engines, with two 1.6-liter motors and a 2.0-liter engine making up the range. The entry-level CLA 180 is making 90 kW (122 hp) and 300 Nm of torque with a combined fuel economy figure of 6.0 L/100 km (39 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 140 g/km. Stepping up in the range to the CLA 200 gives you 115 kW (156 hp) and an extra 50 Nm of torque over the entry level car, while combined fuel consumption remains the same at 6.0 L/100 km (39 mpg). CO2 emissions figures also remain the same.

Topping the CLA Shooting Brake’s range of petrol engines is the 2.0-liter CLA 250. Available in all-wheel drive, the 250 produces 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm, but doesn’t use much more fuel than its less powerful siblings, with the all-wheel drive CLA250 returning a combined fuel use figure of 6.8 L/100km (35 mpg).

If this doesn't seem like enough performance for you, Mercedes has also released the CLA45 AMG in the Shooting Brake bodystyle. Powered by the most powerful production four cylinder engine in the world, the CLA45 AMG will sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds, thanks to its 265 kW (360 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb.ft) of torque. This power is transmitted to the road through Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, while a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox provides quick gear changes on the go. Top speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite all its power and performance, the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake still returns fuel economy of 6.9 L/100 km (34 mpg).

Setting the AMG's exterior apart from that of standard Shooting Brakes is taken care of by grey 18-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive bodykit and "TURBO AMG" badging – although most people will only get a view of the rear, with its black diffuser and twin chromed tailpipes.

Mercedes has not revealed details about pricing
Mercedes has not revealed details about pricing

Inside, the CLA Shooting Brake’s interior will be familiar to anyone who has sat in an A-Class or CLA Coupe. A 7-inch screen still sits atop the dashboard, granting owners access to Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system that can be optioned with internet access. Details like the circular air vents and hooded dials carry over from the standard car.

The CLA Shooting Brake will be launched with three different styling packages: a sporty AMG Line, a more style-focused Urban package and a special OrangeArt Edition. The OrangeArt edition is being offered as a limited-run launch special and includes 18-inch AMG wheels painted black with orange highlights, special orange flourishes on the front and rear bumpers and orange interior stitching highlights.

OrangeArt adds a number of special styling touches
OrangeArt adds a number of special styling touches

A full range of active safety features is also available on the car, including the Collision Prevention Assist (automatic emergency braking) system, which Mercedes claims could cut rear-end collision numbers by up to 30 percent.

Mercedes has not released pricing details yet, but expect to pay a small premium over the CLA coupe, which starts at US$29,900. The car goes on sale in January 2015.

Source: Daimler

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Bill Bennett
ugly from every angle.