2019 Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake debuts

By THOMAS HUONG | 5 March 2019

GENEVA: The new Mercedes-Benz CLA will be available as a Shooting Brake from September.

Just like the four-door CLA Coupé, the Shooting Brake puts its own spin on the design idiom of sensual purity and turns the interior into a coolly designed user interface for smart technology.

From the striking sharknose at the front of the vehicle to the clean edge with accented surfaces, the design speaks of elegant athletics.

As this car is aimed at "young individualists", the interior displays the modern, cool and high quality ambience of the Coupé. In addition, it offers passengers more space than the predecessor model in the shoulder, head and elbow areas.

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The digital environment of the CLA's technophile customers is integrated into the interior in a creatively and technically pioneering way. Thanks to MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience with intelligent interior assistants and refined voice recognition – operation of ever more functions is becoming more natural and much simpler.

Great emphasis is placed on individualisation in the new Shooting Brake with the Progressive and AMG Line equipment lines as well as an increasing and diverse range of apps and services, which can be downloaded from Mercedes me depending on your own preferences and called up via MBUX.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first generation of the CLA Shooting Brake in 2015.The outline of the frameless windows is identical to the outline of the Coupés itself up to the B-pillar. Behind it, the windowline runs considerably higher, which makes entering for rear passengers easier. Elongated into the rear, it tapers off into an acute angle.

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The new CLA Shooting Brake is 48mm longer than before, 53 mm wider but 2 mm lower. The flat headlamps, the low-slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with central star mark the typical Mercedes-Benz sports car look. The narrow two-part rear lamps and the license plate positioned in the bumper are typical for the GT rear with a flush transition between the rear bumper and the tailgate.

The CLA Shooting Brake looks athletic from every angle. At 871mm, the boot opening is significantly wider than in the previous model (635 mm). In addition, the tailgate can also be opened contactlessly with EASY-PACK and HANDS-FREE ACCESS.

The interior of the passenger compartment is identical to that of the Coupé. Both CLAs offer unique room architecture, especially on account of the avant-garde instrument panel: the widescreen display is completely free-standing with no hood on the wing-shaped main body of the instrument panel.

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This stretches continuously from one front door to the other. The lower section of the instrument panel is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by a "trench". The ambient lighting amplifies this effect, offering a selection of 64 colours, 10 colour worlds and various effects in three brightness zones.

The CLA Shooting Brake has the latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, and provides the highest level of active safety in this segment with functions adopted from the S-Class. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the CLA can look up to 500m ahead and can drive partially autonomously in certain situations, for example by conveniently adapting the speed before corners, cross roads or roundabouts using the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with recourse to maps and navigation data.

As a new function of the Active Steer Assist, among other things, there is also the intuitive Active Lange Change Assist. If the Active Park Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally onboard, the CLA also has the function extended automatic restart on motorways.

The top-of-the range engine in the CLA Shooting Brake will be the four-cylinder petrol engine of the CLA 250 (165 kW/225 hp, 35 Nm), which drives the front wheels via the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. The two-litre direct injection engine has a petrol particulate filter as standard.

By the time of market launch in September there will by a wide range of diesel and petrol engines with manual or dual clutch transmission, front-wheel or all-wheel drive 4MATIC to choose from.

Like the previous model, the new CLA Shooting Brake will be manufactured at the Kecskemét plant in Hungary and comes onto the market in September 2019.

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