The Mercedes CLA is back in brand new shooting brake form; a body which adds practicality and spacious comfort, while losing none of the style appeal of its cousin.
In fact, the CLA shooting brake pulls off the extra length extremely well, with dynamic curves and a sloping rear which eloquently disguises the additional practicality. The shooting brake has an extra 41mm of headroom over the standard coupe model, making it an ideal space for five adults to ride in comfort.
This new, more spacious model also has a boot capacity of up to 595 litres, up from the available 471 litres in the CLA. A class-leading luggage compartment width is bolstered by other functional additions such as a magnetic clasp on the through loading clasp - ideal for a set of skis or golf clubs. These additions turn the CLA from a stylish coupe in to a highly useable everyday car.
Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: "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."
Trim levels mirror those found in the CLA, starting with Sport; then AMG Sport, towards the top end Engineered by AMG and AMG levels. Engines are also largely similar to those in the CLA, with the range-toppers being the CLA 220 CDI diesel offering 177bhp and the petrol 211bhp CLA 250 4MATIC.
Notable differences, aside from the obvious size advantages, come in the form of the fully electric tailgate, aluminium load rails and lockable boot floor - aiming to transform the CLA in to a fully competent transporter which can still hold a family of five and remain engaging to drive.
Best of all, the sporty, attractive grille remains with a single-line grille and angular headlights - it might be a shooting brake but it's certainly one of the best looking. An AMG version, the The CLA 45 AMG will also be available sporting a more aggressive styling and a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit with 360bhp.