Back in the day, there was only one compact Mercedes-Benz. That would be the 190E, but a lot has happened since 1982. Fast forward to 2019 and there are a lot more Benzes to choose from. During the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers off the latest addition to their small car range, the CLA Shooting Brake.
The CLA Shooting Brake is the fifth small Mercedes-Benz to be part of the ever growing lineup. It joins the A-Class hatchback, A-Class sedan, CLA four-door coupe, and the B-Class. Speaking of which, the sleek five-door shares its platform with the cars mentioned above.
Mercedes-Benz made extra efforts to further separate the A-Class line from the CLA range. It has more dramatic-looking headlights, and a more emphasized 'shark nose' front end. Yes, it's exactly the same as the four-door CLA, but it's a totally different car from the middle to the back.
The longer roof aside, the rear doors have a unique shape to make way for the wagon's more practical purpose. That being said, it still retains the elegant frameless window design from its four-door counterpart. As for the rear, the rakish design carries on to the tailgate, giving it a sporting profile.
If you've seen the cabin of the A-Class, then the look of the CLA should look familiar. It's largely similar to the one in the hatchback with its round air-conditioning vents and fully digital instrument cluster. It also gets the widescreen infotainment screen from the other compact Mercedes-Benz derivatives. Cargo space is also slightly bigger at 505 liters, which is up by 10.
For now, Mercedes-Benz has only revealed one engine and variant for the CLA Shooting Brake. Dubbed the CLA 250 Shooting Brake, it is powered a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill which makes 225 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It is front wheel drive and shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Smaller gas engines, along with turbodiesel options, are in the pipeline as well as 4Matic all-wheel drive.