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Mercedes-Benz CLA & CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake revealed

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new CLA Shooting Brake, including the hot CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake. It sits in as the little brother to the CLS Shooting Brake.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

Based on the popular CLA, which is a four-door coupe version of the A-Class, the new Shooting Brake follows the German company’s latest tradition of offering sleeker, sportier versions of its core models.

Mercedes will initially launch the new model with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, paired up to a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The range will span from (at least in international markets) the CLA 200 with a 100kW/300Nm CDI diesel, to the CLA 250 petrol producing 155kW and 350Nm.

Performance in terms of 0-100km/h ranges from 9.9 seconds and as low as 6.8 seconds for the CLA 250. Meanwhile fuel efficiency figures span from 4.1L/100km and up to 6.8L/100km, all of which are very good for this segment.

As for the much more serious CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, it comes with a 2.0-litre turbo producing a class-leading 265kW and 450Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 4.7 seconds, while fuel economy is rated at 6.9L/100km.

The design of the Shooting Brake is all about combining the practicality of a wagon with the sporty appeal of a coupe. The car measures 4630mm in length, 1777mm in width, and 1435mm in height.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake-rear

It also offers a 495-litre cargo capacity, expandable to 1354 litres with the rear seats folded down. There is a special ‘cargo’ position which still allows for five passengers while presenting 595 litres. Ola Källenius, marketing and sales board member, recently said,

“Like its big brother, the CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA Shooting Brake is targeted at active customers who are looking outside of the mainstream for a car that impresses with a high utility value.”

Mercedes-Benz will launch the new model in January, with customer deliveries taking place in March. Australian details and prices are yet to be announced. It will likely arrive locally a short time afterwards.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.