The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is a new niche of car. It is smaller than an estate with a coupe style and a smart badge and as the only one of its kind, there is no market competition.
It is based on the Shooting Brake Wagon but is a A-class car at around the £25k price mark pricing it just above the standard coupe. It has four doors and will arrive in 2014.
The model looks rather like an A-class with a long wheelbase. The particular model that has been photographed has a AMG sport trim which is categorised by the sparkly grille, 18inch wheels with fake rear wheel arch vents, twin tailpipes and aggressive front bumper intakes.
The shut line on the tailgate looks like the one on the SLS Shooting brake which means that it can keep the same tail lights. It may have some advantages over the saloon model though as it will have a bigger boot, folding back seats and it should be a five seater – at a squeeze.
All of the engines will have four cylinders with a 200 CDI and 220 CDI option. These are 1.8 and 2.2 diesel engines capable of 136bhp and 170bhp. There will also be two petrol options a 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre with CLA 180 and CLA 250 capable of 122 and 211 bhp. There will be a manual gearbox option available on the engines below 150bhp. It is expected there will also be a seven speed dual clutch automatic option as well.
It is expected that there will be an AMG version eventually as well because Mercedes has produced these for their A-class, CLA saloon and GLA crossover. These have all has 2.0 litre engines which have been turbocharges and capable of 355bhp.
It is expected that it will have a powertrain with 4Matic all-wheel drive and paddle shift gearbox. This will manage 62mph in 4.6 seconds and be capable of reaching up to 155mph.
For all of these extras it is expected that the CLA Shooting Brake will be a few thousand pounds more expensive than the standard saloon model which starts at £26,925. The CLA 45 AMG is £42,265 before any options and so it is expected that the Shooting Brake fire spitter could get up towards the £45k mark. However, if you want something unique, then you will have to be prepared to pay for it.