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2014-11-26 09:54

WHAT A WAGON: Mercedes-Benz has added another niche model to its stable... Meet the CLA Shooting Brake. Image: Mercedes

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Mercedes-Benz, still intent on designing a new model and then creating a sales niche to fit it, has created a CLA Shooting Brake. While 'shooting brakes' were originally toughened station-wagons, this one is a road weapon by itself.

STUTTGART, Germany - Mercedes-Benz’ CLA has become known for its sporty proportions and dynamic design in  four-door Coupe guise. Now there's a Shooting Brake version has been added to the range.

Mercedes-Benz, still intent on designing a new model and then creating a sales niche to fit it. While 'shooting brakes' were originally toughened station-wagons, this one is a road weapon by itself.

WAGON, WANNA-BE COUPE

However, Mercedes-Benz South Africa says it won’t be arriving here probably because it would be pointless having a model like that here anyway.

IMAGE GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for marketing and sales, Ola Källenius, said: "This is the latest member of our successful family of compact models. The range, five of them, covers an extremely wide spectrum with the spacious B-Class sports tourer, the youthfully dynamic A-Class, the avant-garde CLA-Class Coupe and the compact GLA-Class SUV, we cater for a host of different customer wishes in this segment.

"Like its big brother, the CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA version is targeted at active customers looking outside of the mainstream for a car that impresses with a high utility value."

Customers in Europe can choose from the familiar array of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, with outputs ranging from 90kW to 155kW in 'normal' models, which also offer the option of 4Matic all-wheel drive.

SPORTY, PRETTY, PRACTICAL

There’s also the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, fitted with a 265kW/450Nm two-litre turbopetrol unit with a claimed 100km/h sprint time of 4.7sec.

The automaker says styling sees a lower overall height and the elongated coupe-style roofline and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of its distinctive profile.

Besides its good looks, practicality comes in the form of 4cm more headroom than the CLA and a larger boot - 25 extra litres to 495. Put down the rear seats and you have a whopping 1354 litres.

The CLA Shooting Brake is 4.63m long, 1.77m wide and 1.43m tall and will be launched with a choice of two diesel and three petrol engines as well as with 4Matic all-wheel drive, in January 2015. First models will arrive with customers in the UK towards the end of March 2015.
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