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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Unraveled

Snapshot: It goes on sale in January 2015, with the first models going to customers towards the end of March 2015.

Mercedes-Benz, the German luxury automaker, has taken the wrap off its new CLA Class Shooting Brake which features company's traditional 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. It goes on sale in January 2015, with the first models going to customers towards the end of March 2015. The lower overall height and the elongated coupé-style roof contour line, the low greenhouse and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of this saloon's distinctive profile.

"The new CLA Shooting Brake is the latest member of our successful family of compact models. The range, which now includes five models, covers an extremely wide spectrum: with the spacious B-Class sports tourer, the youthfully dynamic A-Class, the avant-garde CLA-Class Coupé and the compact GLA-Class SUV, we cater for a host of different customer wishes in this segment," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, responsible for Marketing & Sales. "Like its big brother, the CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA Shooting Brake is targeted at active customers who are looking outside of the mainstream for a car that impresses with a high utility value."

The CLA Class Shooting Brake measures 4630mm in length, 1777mm in width and 1435mm in height. It has more headroom than the four-door coupe version due to the gentle downward slope of the roof line. It also has a boot capacity of a generous 495L, which is further extendable to 1354L, while the rear bench seats are folded. Even, when the rear seats are moved into the more steeply raked "cargo" position, the load capacity increases to 595L while still leaving space for five occupants. There is an electrically operated EASY-PACK tailgate along with a collapsible box, a 12 V socket and an additional stowage net at the side of the load compartment. "The new CLA Shooting Brake offers a contemporary interpretation of sensual purity and represents the perfect synthesis between the emotionality of a coupé and the intelligence of a shooting brake," explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "The styling of our CLA Shooting Brake is extremely progressive as well as unmistakable. Once again, we have created a whole new class of vehicle."

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake, initially, is available with an option of two diesel and three petrol engines. As for petrol, it is on offer with two different engines - 1.6L and 2.0L engines. The entry-level CLA 180 and CLA 200 variants come loaded with 1.6L petrol motor which churns out two different power outputs of 121 bhp at 5000rpm and 154 bhp at 5300rpm, respectively. This 1595cc, 4-cylinder petrol motor is tweaked quite well to receive two different power outputs and torque performances as well. The CLA 180 variant has a top torque of 200Nm at 1250-4000rpm, while the CLA 200 has peak torque of 250Nm at 1250-4000rpm. Both these engines are mated with a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission for maximum performance.

The top-end model CLA 250 in-houses a 2.0L, 4-cylinder petrol mill which dishes out a maximum power of 208 bhp at 5500rpm and peak torque of 350Nm at 1200-4000rpm. It is also mated to the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission which transfers the power to all the four wheels of the sedan through company's 4MATIC All-Wheel-Drive System. Now, coming to the diesel line-up, it has two variants in form of CLA 200 CDI and CLA 220 CDI. Both of these carry a 2143cc, 4-cylinder powertrain which rakes two different power outputs of 134 bhp at 3200-400rpm and 174 bhp at 3600-3800rpm. Both these variants feature Merc's conventional 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission with 4MATIC All-Wheel-Drive as standard feature.

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