Breathtakingly sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with sensuously shaped surfaces already made the CLA unmistakable in its four-door Coupé guise. It is now followed by a further design icon, the CLA Shooting Brake, with a unique look all of its own. The lower overall height and the elongated coupé-style roof contour line and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of its distinctive profile. As is the gentle downward slope of the roof line, which makes for significantly more headroom than in the four-door Coupé.
As spacious as they come: beauty in its most practical guise
The elegantly long drawn-out Shooting Brake tail end guarantees exceptional recreational value without compromising on the CLA's aspiration to represent design at its best. At the same time, headroom in the rear is significantly greater than in the four-door CLA. At 94.7 cm, the effective headroom in the rear is 4 cm higher than it is in the companion model.
This spaciousness is one of the strengths of the Shooting Brake. The load compartment offers a capacity that ranges from 495 to 1354 litres. If the rear seats are moved into the more steeply raked "cargo" position, the load capacity increases to 595 litres while still leaving space for five occupants.
The width of the luggage compartment, at up to 1328 mm, is leading in this segment. Standard equipment EASY-PACK tailgate or the optional equipment Load Compartment package helps to enhance convenience and variability when using the load compartment.
The CLA Shooting Brake leads its segment with a Cd value of 0.28. The engine range available with the CLA Shooting Brake is extensive. All engines impress with their agile performance, low noise levels and low emissions. All versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. And, all-wheel drive is available for CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC.
Design: sharp contours and sensuous surfaces
Many of the detailed elements of the CLA Shooting Brake, such as its frameless side windows, appear to define it as a coupé, yet at the same time it offers the variability and practicality of an estate car. And with its long bonnet, sleek window profile with integral rear quarter window and the gentle downward slope of its roof as it flows to the rear, it demonstrates the same crouching posture as the CLS Shooting Brake. The long sweep of the roof right to the rear of the car means that it offers more headroom in the back than the four-door CLA coupé model, as well as being easier to get into.
Among the striking features that contribute to this characteristic dynamic look are the powerdomes on the bonnet that are such a hallmark of Mercedes coupés, and the diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star. The way the bonnet is embedded into the front end makes it appear longer and, in conjunction with the upright radiator grille and the prominent V-shape of the front end, gives the car its crouching posture.
The sloping roof line, the pronounced curve of the rear window and tailgate and the distinctive look of the rear end as a whole give the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable flair of its own. The narrowing of the car at the D-pillars, in conjunction with the broad shoulder muscle over the rear wheel arch, adds up to a strikingly athletic look, particularly when seen from the rear.
Interior: high-quality materials and integral seats
The twin-tube instrument cluster comprises two large round dials, each with a small round dial set inside it. The silver-coloured needles are inlaid in red, while the dial faces feature a silver-grey textured surface. Another highlight is the new generation of 3-spoke steering wheels in different variants, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and red or black topstitching.
The CLA Shooting Brake features the latest generation of telematics systems. The free-standing display screen features a large screen diagonal of 17.8 cm (7 inches), together with a high-gloss piano-black front panel and a fully glazed screen. Upon request in conjunction with COMAND Online, or as an option for the Audio 20 system, the display is available with an even larger screen diagonal of 20.3 cm (8 inches).
The CLA Shooting Brake in the AMG Line and Urban equipment lines is fitted with integral seats in the front and rear, underscoring its sporty character. The emphasis of the rear bench seat is on the outer seats (2+1-seater). Colour-coordinated contrasting topstitching is available based on the chosen equipment. The ambient lighting system is also available as an option with different colours to suit taste and mood.
Equipment and appointments: OrangeArt Edition, AMG Line and Urban
The thrilling design of the limited-edition OrangeArt Edition is available as an option. Orange trim in conjunction with selected equipment features, such as the AMG Line and Night package, emphasise the sporty flair of this model. A distinctive sporty look is also ensured by 45.7 cm (18-inch) AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in black with an orange rim flange, together with orange highlights on the front and rear aprons. The bi-xenon headlamps feature orange highlight rings.
The interior, too, is imbued with a sense of exclusive dynamism, with the addition of orange elements, such as the sports seats with leather/ DINAMICA microfibre upholstery in black/orange and orange contrasting topstitching.
The CLA Shooting Brake is also available with either of the two equipment lines Urban and AMG Line, in each case with numerous line-specific details for both the exterior and interior.
Standard in CLA 250 Shooting Brake, the AMG Line augments the sportiness and exclusivity of the CLA Shooting Brake. This equipment line includes a more dynamic exterior with AMG bodystyling, 45.7 cm (18-inch) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and a two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. The interior also exudes a sporty flair, with sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and a leather-upholstered shift lever. The lowered sports suspension enhances handling as well as driving enjoyment.
Standard in CLA 200 Shooting Brake, the Urban equipment line emphasises the vehicle's dynamic appeal, whilst also allowing further individualisation. Dynamic highlights of the exterior include a diamond radiator grille with high-gloss black pins, the 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and the two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. Contributing to the sporty character in the interior are the sports seats with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction leather steering wheel with perforated grip area and a wave-look trim element.
Standard equipped with the panoramic sliding sunroof with its large glazed area provides for an especially bright and friendly ambience in the interior. It comprises an electrically operated glass sliding roof for individual ventilation of the interior, together with a mesh wind deflector. This reduces both draughts and wind noise when the roof is open.
Safety: autonomous braking if a risk of collision is detected
The drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST is standard equipment. Operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h), it uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver's current attention level.
|Model||CLA 200 Shooting Brake||CLA 250 Shooting Brake||CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake|
|No. of cylinders /arrangement||L4||L4||L4|
|Transmissions||7G- DCT||7G- DCT||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed|
|Total displacement (cc)||1,595||1,991||1,991|
|Rated output (hp/rpm)||156 / 5,300||211 / 5,500||360 / 6,000|
|Max torque (Nm at rpm)||250 / 1,250-4,000||350 / 1,200-4,000||450 / 2,250-5,000|
| Fuel consumption |
|CO2 emissions combined (g/km)||130-140||128-132||161|
|Emission standard||EU 6||EU 6||EU 6|
| Acceleration |
0-100 km/h (s)
|Top speed (km/h)||225||240||250 *|
|List Price in Hong Kong||$439,000||$499,000||$835,000|
* Electronically limited