Mercedes-Benz Adds CLA Shooting Brake to Niche Product Line

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The CLA Shooting Brake allows Merc to cover every possible gap in the premium compact segment.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake was revealed at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show and adds a sense of practicality to the CLA range. This new model develops on the CLA 4-door Coupe with the obvious addition of a bigger boot. The load space is claimed at a more than reasonable 505 litres.

The CLA models are angled towards the sporty buyer so it sits on a wider track and has a lower centre of gravity than the regular A-Class and A-Class Sedan. This imbues the CLA Shooting Brake with an agile driving experience according to Merc. There is adaptive damping and multiple driving modes to choose from but Merc remains adamant that the new car is comfortable and extremely quiet when required.

The interior is identical to the CLA and also features the latest MBUX infotainment system that responds to ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice commands.

As for the engine derivatives available for the Shooting Brake, Merc has chosen the unit from the CLA 250, which delivers 165 kW and 350 Nm of torque from the 2.0-litre turbopetrol. More engines will be available by the time the model launches in Europe during September this year and don’t count out an AMG 45 or 45 S model.

As for local availability, we are still waiting for confirmation but with this being an extremely niche model and South Africa's aversion to station wagons, it is unlikely this model will arrive in SA.

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