Although it is not yet officially confirmed, Mercedes is well advanced on a smaller and more affordable sporting estate model
4 July 2012

Mercedes-Benz is set to create a whole new market segment with the style-led CLS Shooting Brake, which is described by insiders as being the first in a range of overtly sporting estate models conceived to complement the company’s more traditional load-haulers.

Although it is not yet officially confirmed, Mercedes is well advanced on a smaller and more affordable sporting estate model that will be sold as the CLA Shooting Brake. It is tentatively due to reach UK showrooms in 2014 and is likely to be priced at around £28,000.

The CLA Shooting Brake is one of five models to be based on Mercedes’s new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform. It has been twinned with the upcoming CLA saloon, as previewed at the Beijing motor show last April by the Concept Style Coupé show car and will offer a range of four-cylinder common-rail diesel and direct-injection petrol engines and both front and four-wheel drive.

Depicted here in a computer-generated rendering, the CLA Shooting Brake will sport the heavily sculptured exterior styling treatment and other distinctive design features of the larger CLS Shooting Brake, including its 
so-called soft nose and dramatic swage line treatment.

The styling, largely credited to Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener, is aimed at providing the firm’s more contemporary models with an overtly avant garde look.

Heading the CLA Shooting Brake line-up will be a hot CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake. It will run the 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that is first destined to appear in the A45 AMG hatchback in 2013 and is claimed to deliver up to 330bhp and 332lb ft of torque. With four-wheel drive 
and a three-stage ESP system as standard, the model should be good for 0-62mph in about 5.1sec and an electronically limited 155mph top speed.

 

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TS7

4 July 2012

 

"set to create a whole new market segment"

 

I'm sure that Audi's head of bullsh.., I mean marketing, would argue that their A5 & A7 'Sportback' models got there first.

 

Even if, in the real world, the Audis are actually hatchbacks.

4 July 2012

I think it looks brilliant, and quite good value too, especially with those great engines

4 July 2012

Wow! I really, really want one! I'd really like a CLS Shooting Brake, but this would fall into my budget. It looks excellent and it's great that there will be an AMG version. I'll probably get a CLA AMG Sportbrake when they come out if it's not too thirsty. It's the perfect car for me!

4 July 2012

In every conceivable way possible this Mercedes is grotesque.

I always hankered after a 200 series in the 80`s beautifully built and utterly understated. This is overblown, unsubtle and plain naff.

4 July 2012

...and not very original either...Lancia HPE anyone? 

4 July 2012

They do seem intent on exploiting every possible market niche out there. Or, putting it another way, answering questions nobody real thought they needed to ask.

MB does seem to feel that everyone needs a hatchback/estate thing in their lives.

4 July 2012

Well, not for most. It's hardly going to be £5k is it?

  • Let depreciation be your friend...

5 July 2012

This car has not famous but it has estalish its own name in the market as well as in the heart of the people

                        Cadillac limos

chosen best out best for live good life and good peace

5 July 2012

Best looking supposetory of the decade. It is aweful and will annoy me as much as the X6 does but for different reasons.

what's life without imagination

5 July 2012

I guess it's ok, but for me it looks it's trying just a tad too hard to look curvey and swoopy.

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