The Shooting Brake is the final new body style to be based on the company's front-drive architecture. It is already on sale in the UK, with first deliveries planned for later this month.
The compact estate’s dramatic styling follows closely in the mould of the CLS Shooting Brake and puts greater emphasis on style than outright carrying capacity.
Despite the dramatic curves of the tailgate and the swooping roofline, the seats-up load capacity of the 4.6m-long Shooting Brake improves on that of the CLA saloon by 25 litres, at 495 litres, rising to 1354 litres with the rear seats folded.
The decision to put this body style into production arguably gives Mercedes a handy advantage over its rivals in the premium compact market, because neither the Audi A3 nor the BMW 1-series offers anything similar. On the downside, however, Mercedes was late to market with a compact SUV model.
The CLA Shooting Brake is very closely aligned with the CLA saloon. Mercedes UK says that as well as being identical up to the rear seats, its pricing and specification line-up will be very similar.
There are four trim levels: Sport, AMG Sport, Engineered by AMG, and AMG. In addition, there is a special-edition model called Orange Art.
At launch, the engine line-up consists of two diesel options and four petrols. The most efficient option in the launch line-up, the CLA200 CDI, returns up to 72.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 101g/km.