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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed

  • Practical version of CLA four-door coupe
  • Aims to blend space with sleek style
  • Arrives in September 2019

In a bid to cover every kind of car possible, Mercedes-Benz has added the new CLA Shooting Brake to its ever-expanding range of cars.

Revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the CLA Shooting Brake is now in its second-generation, although this time around it’s longer, lower and wider, offering a significant amount more interior space in its stylish cabin.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake: styling

There’s no denying the CLA Shooting Brake is a sleek looking estate car, but Mercedes-Benz is at pains to linsist that it’s a coupe. It isn’t. The cues are there from the previous car with a low, swooping roofline, shallow windows that stretch almost to the rear of a the car and a sloping tailgate hiding a surprisingly large boot for a style-led car.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake 2019: rear styling

Both at the front of the car and at the rear are sets of slim LED lights with distinctive light signatures for the day running lights, and a refreshingly simple-yet-classy look overall.

Inside, the CLA Shooting Brake lifts its design almost straight from the A-Class Hatchback dominated by large touchscreens for the MBUX infotainment system, a stepped design in the dashboard, neat design details and some colourful touches for the trim across the dashboard and on the doors.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake: engines

The full engine line-up hasn’t been confirmed for the CLA Shooting Brake, however Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the range-topping model will be the CLA 250 – a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 225hp and 250Nm of torque, driving the front wheels via a seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake: driving

We’re expecting the rest of the engine line-up made up of petrol and diesel options – to be confirmed by the time the car arrives in September. There will also be a choice of manual and automatic transmissions and front- or 4Matic all-wheel drive options.

It’s likely the engine range will largely mimic that of the smaller A-Class Saloon.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake: tech-fest interior

Inside the CLA Shooting Brake is a dashboard shared with the A-Class, which is no bad thing when it comes to modern design, as it looks slick and modern, featuring the company’s latest MBUX infotainment system dominated by large screens across large sections on the dashboard on higher-spec models.

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake interior

Overall, this second-gen car is 48mm longer, 53mm wider and 2mm lower than the old car and, thanks to a 30mm longer wheelbase, should offer far superior interior space to the previous model.

The boot is also up in size, but only 10 litres to 505 litres, which is a generous amount of space for a compact car. However the main difference is that the tailgate is now a much squarer shape so access to the load space is far more practical than it was previously.

Comprehensive safety kit

As with most modern Mercedes cars, the CLA Shooting Brake will come with plenty of safety and driver assistance aids (most of which will be optionally available).

Mercedes claims improved camera and radar systems will allow the car to look up to 500m ahead and drive semi-autonomously in some situations. Systems available include the following as part of the Driving Assistance Pack:

  • Active Distance Assist Distronic – adapting speed before corners, crossroads or roundabouts
  • Active Steer Assist
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Active Park Assist with Parktronic

When can I buy a Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake?

The CLA Shooting Brake will be available in September 2019.

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake rear driving