The CLA Shooting Brake combines the sleek style of the CLA Coupé with the versatility of a Shooting Brake, to create an exciting, practical and alternative family car. It shares its compact front-wheel-drive DNA with the A-Class, B-Class and GLA-Class and its sleek aerodynamics result in an excellent Cd value of just 0.26 to the benefit of on-board refinement and fuel economy.
The comprehensive UK model line-up centres around four direct-injection turbo-charged engines – two diesel and two petrol units, all with ECO start/stop as standard – with the choice of six-speed manual or 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmissions, four trim levels – Sport, AMG Sport, OrangeArt and Engineered by AMG – and front-wheel or 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
With a length x width x height of 4,630 x 1,777 x 1,435 mm, and 2,699 mm wheelbase, the CLA Shooting Brake’s dimensions follow those of the CLA Coupé, except for height, which increases by 3 mm. The Shooting Brake’s extended roofline increases rear headroom by 40 mm. Load capacity extends from 470 litres in the Coupé to 495-litres, or 595 litres if the optional Load Compartment Package is specified. The 60:40 split-fold rear seats in the CLA Shooting Brake free up a generous load space measuring 1,354 litres when folded flat.
The petrol-powered CLA 180 is powered by a brand new 1,595 cc engine, while the CLA 250 has a 1,991 cc engine under its sculpted bonnet. Both lightweight all-aluminium engines are turbo-charged and feature ECO start/stop functionality. Technical highlights include twin chain-driven overhead camshafts, third-generation direct petrol injection and spray-guided combustion based on that in the Mercedes-Benz BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 engines. All versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. Drivers have the choive of six-speed manual or 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmissions.
Both CLA 200 d and CLA 220 d are powered by Mercedes-Benz’ acclaimed 2,143 cc turbo diesel powerplant, which features third-generation common-rail technology, with the rail pressure increased to 1,800 bar. Refinement-enhancing features include two Lanchester balancer shafts, markedly longer connecting rods both help reduce friction and a dual-mass flywheel. As with the diesel engines, all versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. Drivers have the choice of six-speed manual or 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmissions.
The CLA 200 d, with an output of 136 hp, has a top speed of 134 mph and returns an excellent 72.4 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 106 g/km CO2.
In keeping with its visual athleticism, the CLA Shooting Brake features a low centre of gravity, MacPherson strut front and four-link rear sports suspension, and electro-mechanical power Sports Direct Steering with speed-sensitive power assistance and variable steering ratio, to deliver a rewarding and sporting driving experience.
Comprehensive standard equipment includes Audio 20 radio/CD with six speakers, telephone keypad and Media interface, Sports Direct Steering with speed-sensitive power assistance and variable steering ratio, automatic climate control, Sports seats and a three-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-function Sports steering wheel, Artico/Cloth or Artico/Dinamica trim, Cornering Dynamics Assist, Media Interface, Connect Me services, and pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot navigation system.
Sport comes as standard with: 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, diamond grille with pins in high-gloss black, ambient lighting and cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
In addition, the AMG Sport comes as standard with: lowered comfort suspension – which lowers the front axle by 20 mm, bi-xenon headlamps, AMG body styling on front apron, rear apron and side skirts, privacy glass and ARTICO leather seats with red contrast stitching
OrangeArt comes as standard with: 18-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels in black with orange rim, orange trim element on front and rear aprons, orange edging on seatbelts and floor mats, orange contrast topstitching on leather/DINAMICA sports seats
Engineered by AMG comes as standard with: all round AMG body styling, 18-inch AMG five-spoke alloys, lowered ‘Engineered by AMG’ sports suspension with AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, red calipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering, red designo seat belts and ARTICO leather interior with red contrast stitching
The CLA Shooting Brake features a raft of advanced safety features previously unattainable in the compact family car sector. Attention Assist and the unique Collision Prevention Assist Plus are just two of the advanced safety features fitted as standard to every model, joined by seven airbags, Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®), Brake Assist and latest generation ABS anti-lock braking system. Optional safety features include Pre-Safe®, Distronic Plus, Lane-Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Intelligent Light System. The “Mercedes connect me” connects the vehicle with the world around it. Available services include: Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management
The CLA Shooting Brake looks set to continue the success of the CLA-Class: in total over 100,000 CLA Coupé models have been delivered to customers worldwide since market launch in April 2013, of which over 8,500 were registered in the UK. Of these, just over nine per cent were AMG models.