As promised earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its all-new 2015 CLA-Class Shooting Brake – the fifth compact car from the Stuttgart-based carmaker to based on the underpinnings of the A-, B-Class we know.
The CLA-Class Shooting Brake is a four-door estate/ wagon with a sexy swooping roofline, just like its larger CLS-Class Shooting Brake sibling. Seating remains for four or five (depending on how much you’d like to cosy up to your buddies), while cargo room and cabin spaciousness is of course enlarged from the regular CLA-Class.
Engine and transmission options remain four-cylinder solutions across the range, and consist of twin-scroll turbocharged petrol mills in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre guises, and turbo-diesel choices of 1.8-litres and 2.2-litres. The span of power outputs for the petrol engines go from a docile 120hp (CLA 180) to a maximum of 210hp (CLA 250).
On top of the Urban and AMG lines available to the regular CLA-Class Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz is also offering a special “OrangeArtEdition” package which dips specific bits of the car’s exterior and interior trims in orange paint – you can see this on the front-grille, wheel surrounds, interior stitching, etc. On top of being available for the CLA 250 Sport Shooting Brake, you can also get this for your CLA 45 AMG sedan as well.
Speaking of AMGs, yes, there’s a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake variant as well, which gets the one-man, one-engine “Beast” 2.0-litre turbo four. Performance figures for that are an unchanged 360hp and 450Nm of torque.
A market launch of the CLA-Class Shooting Brake is expected to take place in Germany sometime in Q1 next year. In Malaysia however, wagon/estate vehicles aren’t usually the most sought-after, but given the fully-imported CLA 200’s healthy reception here in Malaysia, it surely couldn’t hurt too much if Mercedes-Benz Malaysia decided to bring in a few CLA Shooting Brake units with a “try and see” approach, could it? This thing looks too pretty to not see here.
In any case, even if the CLA-Class Shooting Brake doesn’t make an official Malaysian debut, there’s always an “indent order” worth considering – allowing you to directly order any Mercedes-Benz vehicle you want (some terms apply) from your local authorised dealer.