New Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake arrives with 219bhp

Mercedes-Benz’s sharply styled CLA Shooting Brake has returned for a second generation at Geneva, just four years after the original went on sale. 

The new five-door estate is planned to arrive in the UK in September, three months after the CLA on which it is based. 

It is underpinned by a heavily re-engineered version of its predecessor’s MFA platform, which has received additional rigidity measures for improved stiffness and noise, vibration and harshness qualities. 

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed just one engine for the CLA Shooting Brake, but it says others will be announced closer to its launch later this year. The launch model is the CLA 250 using a 219bhp/258lb ft 2.0-litre petrol engine. 

The CLA Shooting Brake takes the sharply raked front-end appearance of its four-door sibling and combines it with a unique rear end featuring an extended roofline and sloping tailgate, with unique tail-lights and a heavily tapered bumper. 

Further exterior design flourishes include twin power domes within the bonnet, a sloping roofline and frameless doors. 

Mirroring the changes made to the CLA saloon, the new shooting brake is 48mm longer than its predecessor at 4688mm. However, its width (with exterior mirrors clapped out) and height (on standard 16in wheels) are reduced by 33mm and 2mm respectively at 1999mm and 1442mm. The wheelbase has grown 30mm to 2729mm. 

Mercedes-Benz says the CLA Shooting Brake has traditionally attracted some of its youngest customers. In a bid to see the new model appeal to similar buyers, the firm has focused on providing it with a contemporary interior that is largely shared with the A-Class. Interior space is improved, although the 30mm increase in wheelbase length has only led to a 1mm boost in rear seat leg room. 

To help improve its load-carrying credentials, the capacity of the boot has increased by 10 litres to 505 litres, while its width and depth are also increased. The width of the boot aperture on the new CLA Shooting Brake has been increased by a considerable 236mm. 

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