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New Mercedes-Benz CLA to be available as a Shooting Brake from September

James Preston

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA will also be available as a Shooting Brake from September.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the Shooting Brake will be just as much a designer piece as the CLA Coupé, but offers more space for spontaneity, be it on an extended shopping spree or for sports and outdoor activities where space is required.

The interior of the CLA Shooting Brake displays the modern and high quality ambience of the Coupé. In addition, it offers passengers more space than the predecessor model in the shoulder, head and elbow areas.

The digital environment of the CLA’s technophile customers is integrated into the interior in a creatively and technically pioneering way, using the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).

Great emphasis is placed on individualisation in the new Shooting Brake with an increasing and diverse range of apps and services, which can be downloaded and called up via MBUX.

This CLA is aimed at customers for whom, just a few years ago, Mercedes‑Benz was not the first thing that came to mind when they were looking to buy a car.

Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars sales, said: “We want to address young individualists with the particularly expressive design of the CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake. Furthermore, the new CLA Shooting Brake offers more space than its predecessor – for sports equipment and much more.”

Like the previous model, the new CLA Shooting Brake will be manufactured at the Kecskemét plant (Hungary).

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first generation of the CLA Shooting Brake in 2015: a five-door, clearly a Coupé in terms of its proportions, and yet with considerable effective load space thanks to the roof which continues through to the rear and the rear door.

It is 48 millimetres longer than before, 53 mm wider but 2 mm lower. The flat headlamps, the low-slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with the central star, mark the typical Mercedes-Benz sports car look. The narrow two-part rear lamps and the licence plate positioned in the bumper are typical for the GT rear with a flush transition between the rear bumper and the tailgate. At 871 millimetres, the boot opening is significantly wider than in the previous model (635 mm).

The interior of the passenger compartment is identical to that of the Coupé. Both CLAs offer

a widescreen display on the instrument panel, which is completely free-standing with no hood on the wing-shaped main body of the instrument panel.

MBUX features software capable of learning and voice-operated control that accepts passengers’ instructions following the command ‘Hey Mercedes’.

The top-of-the range engine in the CLA Shooting Brake will be the four-cylinder petrol engine of the CLA 250 (165 kW/225 hp, 350 Nm), which drives the front wheels via the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (combined fuel consumption 43.5-45.6 mpg (6.5-6.2 l/100 km), combined CO2 emissions 149‑143 g/km)[1]. The two-litre direct injection engine has a petrol particulate filter as standard.

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