2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC Shooting Brake The Mercedes-Benz CLA has gained immense followings with its sweet sporty proportions and dynamic design with sensuously shaped surfaces, eversince its world debut approximately a year ago. Now, the CLA gets the Shooting Brake version, a version with plenty of inherited elements from its bigger sibling, the CLS Shooting Brake. Along with the A-Class, B-Class sports tourer, Avant-garde CLA-Class Coupé and GLA, Mercedes intends to cater for a host of different customer wishes in the segment.

At a glance, the CLA Shooting Brake has a reduced overall height, an elongated coupé-style roof contour line and a high beltline, as well as a downward roof line slope. The downward-sloped shape makes for significantly more headroom than in the four-door version. The front features a long bonnet, coupled with the sleek window profile and the integral rear quarter window. Hallmarks of Mercedes Coupés such as the diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, upright radiator grille and prominent V-shape of the front end are very evident on the CLA Shooting Brake. As do the light modules (DRLs and indicators) and LED behind the headlight lenses, which gives it that characteristic “eyebrow” effect.

The broad emphasis of the rear-end conveys a sense of power, in an interplay of tense, volume and sharply defined edges. The sloping roof line, the pronounced curve of the rear window and the tailgate as a whole give the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable flair of its own. Meantime, the slim D-pillars, in line with the broad shoulder on top of the rear wheel arch, add an athletic outlook, especially when viewed from behind. Lastly, arrowhead design of the rear lights showcase the harmonious flow of the shoulders round from the side to the rear end, while the horizontal orientation emphasizes the width of the vehicle.

The CLA Shooting Brake is expected to set a new benchmark in the Three-point Star’s variant portfolio

In dimensions, the CLA Shooting Brake measures 4,630mm in length, 1,777mm in width and stands 1,435mm tall. With a Cd value of 0.22 in its BlueEFFICIENCY Edition guise, the four-door CLA is claimed to set a new benchmark, within Mercedes variant portfolio and among all series of its production vehicles.

A special OrangeArt Edition of the CLA Shooting Brake will be available ahead of its January sales launch. The OrangeArt edition takes up orange highlight rings around the bi-xenon headlights, rim flanges of the AMG wheels (painted in orange), and on the inside, orange/black sports seats and orange contrasting topstitching.

Inside, the cabin presents refinements are deemed sensual and pure. The selection and available combinations of the materials, as well as special equipment packages truly set the CLA Shooting Brake apart from the rest. Dashboard highlights include twin-tube, round dials instrument cluster with silver needles, 3-spoke steering with flat-bottom or black stitches, silver chrome galvanized round vents (5), 7-inch touch screen on high-gloss piano-black panel, COMAND Online, the optional Audio 20 system 8-inch display, and the “Mercedes connect me” communications module. The Mercedes connect me is standard for European markets.

The CLA Shooting Brake comes with AMG and Urban equipment lines, with an emphasis on the rear bench seat’s outer seats (2+1-seater). Color-coordinated contrasting topstitching is available based on either equipment line. The ambient lighting system encompasses a total of 13 light sources in the interior, among them a light in the opening between the head restraint and the backrest. Furthermore, the ambient lighting system is available as an option with different colors; up to twelve color schemes to choose from. Boot space between 495 liters to 1354 liters capacity is possible, however with the predetermined cargo position, the shooting brake’s load capacity can be increased up to 595 liters, without having to fold down the rear seats. On top of that, there are options like the electrically operated Easy-Pack tailgate or the Load Compartment package to enhance convenience and variability.

Globally, the CLA Shooting Brake will be available in two diesel and three petrol engines, paired to 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The diesel range CLA 200 CDI and CLA 220 CDI churn an output of 136 hp and 177 hp, with torque ratings of 300 Nm (1,400 – 3,000 rpm) and 350 Nm (1,400 – 3,400). The three petrol variations CLA 180, CLA 200 and top flight CLA 250/250 4MATIC ring in 122 hp to 211 hp and generate torque of 200 to 350 Nm. The CLA 200 CDI, with an output of 136 hp, is particularly efficient: it has a top speed of 215 km/h and a combined consumption figure of just 3.9 l/100 km, with emissions of 101 g CO2/km. All versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. All-wheel drive is likewise available straight from the market launch.

Notable Mercedes-induced driver’s assistance system for the CLA Shooting Brake are the Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake availability and expected delivery dates

The Mercedes-Benz CLA goes on sale in January in Europe, with the first units going to customers towards the end of March 2015. The initial versions for the market launch are the CLA 250 4MATIC and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC, while the diesel variants follow in September 2015.

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