We’ve come to know the Mercedes CLA series as a more streamlined version of their entry level offering. Characterized with a sloping roofline and overall rounder design language, the CLA, particularly in AMG 45 guise, usually comes in both sedan and hatchback form.
With ever diversifying demand from clients it appears Mercedes is pushing the envelope with this model by introducing another body type for the CLA 45 AMG – a shooting brake.
That’s right, a body style normally reserved for the CLS class or upper trims now makes its way to the entry level AMG. The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4-MATIC+ blends the signature streamlined style of the CLA line with a wagon profile, thereby resulting in an elegant design met with reasonable practicality.
On the onset it appears the overall wheelbase of the CLA 45 shooting brake has been slightly extended so as not to make the longer wagon section disproportionate. Of course, being an AMG model it carries the usual signature traits such as the vertical slats on the radiator grille, muscular arched fenders, big brakes and quad tip exhausts that will all but tell the world that this CLA is of high performance variety.
Speaking of performance, the 2.0L turbo inline four found in the CLA 45 now pushes a healthy 420 PS with a certainly noticeable 500 Nm of torque – a 40PS and 50Nm increase from the older models respectively. This gives the CLA 45 Shooting Brake a 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 270 km/h.
As is with AMG parlance, each engine is hand-built and signed off by one builder from start to finish. On the powertrain side of things, an AMG Speedshift 8-speed dual clutch transmission ensures that the engine will always stay in the powerband while the 4-Matic all wheel drive system handles sending all that power to the ground efficiently.
Being that the rear end is what is essentially new with this model, the wagon arrangement of this CLA lends itself to some pretty decent cargo capacity – 505 liters worth of space to be exact. As far as the rest of the interior goes, yellow accents highlight the rest of the cabin to denote the CLA Shooting Brake’s performance roots.
An AMG Performance Steering Wheel wrapped in nappa leather comes standard with the aforementioned yellow contrast alignment stripe at the 12 o’clock position. Mercedes’ new MBUX system also finds its home on a high gloss black panel front and center of the dash.
Release dates for the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic Shooting Brake standard and S models are slated for today, July 17th 2019.