Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed
Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake
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30th November, 2014
Sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with atylish
surfaces made the CLA unmistakable in its four-door sedan guise.
It is now followed by a further design masterpiece, the CLA Shooting Brake, with a unique look all of its own. The
lower overall height and the elongated roof contour line, the low greenhouse and the sweep of the high beltline are the
key design features of its distinctive profile. As is the gentle downward slope of the roof line, which makes for
significantly more headroom than in the four-door sedan.
The CLA Shooting Brake (length/width/height: 4,630/1,777/1,435 mm) will initially be released in Europe with a choice
of two diesel and three petrol engines as well as with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
European customers will begin taking delivery of their cars towards the end of March 2015.
"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."
Orange Art Edition
The design details of the limited-edition OrangeArt Edition ensure that it brings an exciting note to the market
launch. Orange highlight rings around the bi-xenon headlamps ensure that they stand out in spectacular style. The rim
flanges of the AMG light-alloy wheels are painted in orange on the OrangeArt Edition. Orange/black sports seats and
orange contrasting topstitching help to define the interior.
The elegantly long drawn-out Shooting Brake tail end, in conjunction with the variability that this offers, provides
exceptional recreational value without compromising on the CLA's aspiration to represent design at its best. At the same
time, headroom in the rear is significantly greater than in the four-door sedan version of the CLA. At 94.7 cm, the
effective headroom in the rear is 4 cm higher than it is in the companion model. Access to the second row of seats is
also much easier.
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This spaciousness is one of the strengths of the Shooting Brake. The load compartment offers a capacity that ranges
from 495 to 1,354 litres (when loaded up to the upper edge of the rear seat backrests or loaded to the roof with the
rear bench seat folded down, respectively). If the rear seats are moved into the more steeply raked "cargo" position, the
load capacity increases to 595 litres while still providing space for five occupants.
The width of the luggage compartment, at up to 1,328 mm, is leading in this segment. Clever little details, including
the magnetic catch on the through-loading flap in the rear-seat backrest for long items, such as skis, are further
examples of this carefully thought-out concept.
Options such as the electrically operated EASY-PACK tailgate or the Load Compartment package help to enhance
convenience and variability when using the load compartment. Apart from the "cargo" positioning option for the rear-seat
backrests, the Load Compartment package includes a collapsible box, a 12 V socket and an additional stowage net at the
side of the load compartment. To add to the exclusive ambience, aluminium strips with anti-slip inlays are available as
an option for the load compartment floor.
With a Cd value of 0.22 in its BlueEFFICIENCY Edition guise, the four-door CLA sets a new benchmark – both within the
Mercedes model portfolio and among all series-production vehicles. The CLA Shooting Brake, too, holds its own alongside
the world champion with outstanding aerodynamics while likewise leading its segment with a Cd value of 0.26. The drag
area Cd x A, a decisive factor when it comes to wind resistance, is 0.57 m2 on the CLA Shooting Brake.
The engine range available with the CLA Shooting Brake is extensive, comprising two diesel and three petrol units. All
engines impress with their agile performance, low noise levels and low emissions. The CLA 200 CDI, with an output of 100
kW (136 hp), is particularly efficient: it has a combined consumption rating of just 3.9 l/100 km.
All versions are equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and are Euro 6-compliant. All-wheel drive is
likewise available in Europe, initially in the CLA 250 4MATIC and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC (features include: dynamic
styling, sporty tuning of engine, accelerator and transmission as well as sporty engine sound). Diesel variants in the
form of the CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC and CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC will follow in European markets during September 2015.
All models at a glance:
||CLA 200 CDI
||CLA 220 CDI|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement
(kW/hp at rpm)
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)
||300 at 1,400-3,000
||350 at 1,400-3,400|
|Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)
|Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
0-100 km/h (s)
Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses.
||CLA 250 4MATIC|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement
(kW/hp at rpm)
|115/156 at 5,300
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)
||200 at 1,250-4,000
||250 at 1,250-4,000
|Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)
|Combined CO2 emissions
0-100 km/h (s)
Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses (in square brackets: CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC).
Design: sharp contours and sensuous surfaces
Two years ago, in the form of the CLS Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz made a sporty car: one with five seats and a large
tailgate. The makers of this vehicle concept are now following it up with a smaller version, the CLA Shooting Brake - a
second Shooting Brake model exuding stylish sporty flair and modern luxury, with lines that are the essence of purity.
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Many of the detailed elements of the CLA Shooting Brake, such as its frameless side windows, appear to define it as a
coupé, yet at the same time it offers the variability and practicality of an estate car. And with its long bonnet, sleek
window profile with integral rear quarter window and the gentle downward slope of its roof as it flows to the rear, it
demonstrates the same crouching posture as the CLS Shooting Brake. The long sweep of the roof right to the rear of the
car means that it offers more headroom in the back than the four-door CLA sedan model, as well as being easier to get
The interplay between sharply defined lines and large surface expanses gives rise to some exciting and characteristic
light effects, resulting in a unique look that sets the CLA Shooting Brake quite apart from other vehicles in related
The sporty design of its front section gives the CLA its typical look. Among the striking features that contribute to
this characteristic dynamic look are the powerdomes on the bonnet that are such a hallmark of Mercedes coupés, and the
diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star. The way the bonnet is embedded into the front end makes it appear
longer and, in conjunction with the upright radiator grille and the prominent V-shape of the front end, gives the car its
crouching posture. The arrangement of the light modules and LED behind the headlamp lenses gives rise to the
characteristic "eyebrow" effect for the daytime running lamps and indicators.
The sleek cabin, the elongated roof contour line, the high beltline with low side windows and an additional quarter
window, plus the D-pillar that tapers towards the rear, are the particular styling elements of the CLA Shooting Brake
seen in profile. Two character lines define this profile: the new, modern interpretation of the "dropping line", together
with a further separate swell to the flank above the "dropping line". This supports the D-pillar, which in its turn
continues the line round to the tailgate. The precise lines and three-dimensional effect of the side design make a
sinewy, animated play of light and shadow.
The broad emphasis of the rear end conveys a sense of power, in an interplay of tense, 'muscular' volume and sharply
defined edges. The sloping roof line, the pronounced curve of the rear window and tailgate and the distinctive look of
the rear end as a whole give the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable flair of its own. The narrowing of the car at the
D-pillars, in conjunction with the broad shoulder 'muscle' over the rear wheel arch, adds up to a strikingly 'athletic'
look, particularly when seen from the rear.
The elegant arrowhead design of the rear light clusters carries the harmonious flow of the shoulders round from the
side to the rear end, the horizontal orientation serving to emphasise the powerful width of the vehicle. The single-piece
rear light units are set neatly into the body and reflect the relationship of the CLA Shooting Brake to both the
four-door Coupé model CLA and to the larger CLS Shooting Brake. The light functions are presented in an arrowhead
arrangement. All aerials are integrated into the sporty roof spoiler.
Interior: high-quality materials and integral seats
The exterior's progressive, sporty appearance is continued inside the vehicle. The interior additionally derives a
very special quality feel from the design idiom of sensual purity as well as the selection and available combinations of
the materials chosen. Special equipment packages include colour-contrasted stitching.
The twin-tube instrument cluster comprises two large round dials, each with a small round dial set inside it. When at
rest the needles are in the 6 o'clock position. The silver-coloured needles are inlaid in red, while the dial faces
feature a silver-grey textured surface. Another highlight is the new generation of 3-spoke steering wheels in different
variants, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and red or black topstitching.
The instrument panel incorporates five round vents. The outer rings of the round vents on all models have a
high-quality silver chrome galvanised finish. The airflow direction is governed by a very neat galvanised insert that
reveals a meticulous attention to detail. The CLA Shooting Brake features the latest generation of telematics systems.
The free-standing display screen features a large screen diagonal of 17.8 cm (7 inches), together with a high-gloss
piano-black front panel, a flush-fitting frame in Silvershadow and a fully glazed screen. Upon request in conjunction
with COMAND Online, or as an option for the Audio 20 system, the display is available with an even larger screen diagonal
of 20.3 cm (8 inches).
The functions shown on the display combine an intuitive approach with attractive images and graphics, thus ensuring a
positive user experience that adds to the exceptional design appeal of the interior as a whole.
The CLA Shooting Brake in the AMG Line and Urban equipment lines is fitted with integral seats in the front and rear,
underscoring its sporty character. The emphasis of the rear bench seat is on the outer seats (2+1-seater).
Colour-coordinated contrasting topstitching is available based on the chosen equipment. The ambient lighting system
encompasses a total of 13 light sources in the interior, among them a light in the opening between the head restraint
and the backrest. The ambient lighting system is available as an option with different colours: any of twelve colour
schemes can be selected to suit taste and mood, helping to conjure up an individual atmosphere in the interior.
Equipment and appointments: OrangeArt Edition, AMG Line and Urban
The thrilling design details of the limited-edition OrangeArt Edition ensure that it brings an exciting note to the
European market launch. Orange trim in conjunction with selected equipment features, such as the AMG Line and Night
package, emphasise the sporty flair of this model. A distinctive sporty look is also ensured by 45.7 cm (18-inch) AMG
multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in black with an orange rim flange, together with orange highlights on the front
and rear aprons. The bi-xenon headlamps feature orange highlight rings.
The interior, too, is imbued with a sense of exclusive dynamism, thanks to the Exclusive package, sports seats with
leather/DINAMICA microfibre upholstery in black/orange and orange contrasting topstitching, along with black seat belts
with accentuating orange stripes. The 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in leather, the instrument panel in
ARTICO man-made material and the aluminium trim with honeycomb-pattern grain, as well as fine detailing such as the
recurring orange contrasting topstitching in the interior, convey a sense of delight in the unusual.
The CLA Shooting Brake is also available with either of the two equipment lines Urban and AMG Line, in each case with
numerous line-specific details for both the exterior and interior. The AMG Line augments the sportiness and exclusivity
of the CLA Shooting Brake. This equipment line includes a more dynamic exterior with AMG bodystyling, 45.7 cm (18-inch)
AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and a two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. The interior also
exudes a sporty flair, with sports seats in ARTICO man-made material/DINAMICA microfibre, a multifunction sports
steering wheel with flattened bottom section and a leather-upholstered shift lever. The lowered sports suspension
enhances handling as well as driving enjoyment.
The Urban equipment line uses selected exterior and interior equipment and appointment features in a similar way to
emphasise the vehicle's dynamic appeal, whilst also allowing further individualisation. Dynamic highlights of the
exterior include a diamond radiator grille with high-gloss black pins, the 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy
wheels and the two-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. Contributing to the sporty character in the
interior are the sports seats with contrasting topstitching, a multifunction leather steering wheel with perforated grip
area and a wave-look trim element.
The optional panoramic sliding sunroof with its large glazed area provides for an especially bright and friendly
ambience in the interior. It comprises an electrically operated glass sliding roof for individual ventilation of the
interior, together with a mesh wind deflector. This reduces both draughts and wind noise when the roof is open.
Safety: autonomous braking if a risk of collision is detected
Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz have recently calculated that COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS could cut the
number of serious rear-end collisions by up to 30 per cent compared with vehicles that do not have a corresponding
protective system. For their prognosis, the experts used figures from Germany's Federal Statistical Office to assess how
effective standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST has been in the B-Class to date and simulated digital accident
The CLA Shooting Brake features COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. This assistance system extends the
functionality of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST by the addition of autonomous braking to reduce the risk of rear-end
collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument
cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger braking. The vehicle speed is thus
already significantly reduced. Depending on the relative speed, this intervention may be enough to avoid a rear-end
collision with vehicles that are driving more slowly, stopping or stationary, or significantly mitigate its severity.
Also fitted as standard is the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST. Operating within an extended speed range
(60 - 200 km/h), it uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver's current attention level.
The CLA Shooting Brake will be made at the company's plant in Kecskémet, Hungary.
An Australian release is scheduled for the third quarter 2015.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.