Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake in the works

Article by Christian A., on July 5, 2012

Mercedes-Benz will be forming an entirely new market segment with the stylish CLS Shooting Brake, which sources refer to as the first in a variety of overtly sporting estate models developed to complement its more conventional load-haulers. There’s no final confirmation yet but Mercedes has made advances on a cheaper and smaller sporting estate model that will be offered as the CLA Shooting Brake.

It is expected to arrive at UK showrooms in 2014. It will also probably be priced at about £28,000. The CLA Shooting Brake is one of five models that will be built on Mercedes’ new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform. It is twinned with the upcoming CLA saloon, a preview of which was seen last April at the Beijing motor show as the Concept Style Coupé show car.

It offers a variety of four-cylinder common-rail diesel and direct-injection petrol engines and both front and four-wheel drive. The CLA Shooting Brake has been depicted in a computer-generated rendering. Its exterior is heavily sculptured and it will bear the other unique design elements of the bigger CLS Shooting Brake, such as its so-called soft nose and striking swage line treatment. Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener is largely credited for its styling.

It is aimed at offering the company’s more contemporary models with a blatantly avant garde appearance. A hot CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will be leading the CLA Shooting Brake line-up.

It will operate the 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that was intended to appear in the A45 AMG hatchback in 2013 and is expected to deliver as much as 330bhp and 332lb ft of torque. The model is a four-wheel drive and a three-stage ESP system as standard equipment, enabling the car to sprint from zero to 62mph in about 5.1sec and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

When Mercedes-Benz released the CLS Shooting Brake two years ago, it was something no one had ever seen before. It offered seating for 5 and it came with a large tailgate. The people behind this concept though appears to have more to offer as they are now releasing a smaller version. Dubbed as the CLA Shooting Brake, this is the second model to be released under this range and it remains to have the sporty style that also shows a more contemporary luxury.

It makes this possible with the use of lines which exude sensual purity. The use of lines is important given that the way they interact with the large surface allows for some unique and exciting light effects. As such, it differentiates the CLA Shooting Brake from the other models in the same class. Its front section for example has that athletic design and gives the new model that distinct appearance.

The different features that ensure that CLA has that dynamic look include the powerdomes that have been placed on its bonnet, a trademark of many coupes from Mercedes-Benz. Of course, the diamond radiator grille is still there along with the Mercedes star in its center. There are a number of features on the CLA that give the impression that it is a coupe, one of which is the frameless side windows.

However even so, it has the practicality and the variability present in an estate car. The combination of the long bonnet in the front, the smooth window profile with the quarter window in the rear, and the way the roof gently goes downward to the rear section, shows that the CLA has the same crouching position as that of the CLS. Since the roof sweeps to the rear, it not only means that there is more headroom available but that it is easier to enter this part of the vehicle.

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