2020 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake – Sports, Style And Practicality. Unless BMW decides to come out with a 1 Series Touring or Audi with an A3 Avant, the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has nothing to worry about in the premium segment. The compact posh wagon from Daimler is making the transition to the second generation with a more stylish body in the same vein as the regular CLA. Compared to its predecessor, the new version is 48 millimeters (1.9 inches) longer and 53 mm (2.1 inches) wider, but a tad bit lower (-2 mm) to enable a sportier stance.
If you feel like the old one was a little bit cramped inside, you’ll be happy to hear the new CLA Shooting Brake offers a lot more elbow room for both front and rear passengers – up by 35 mm (1.37 inches) and 44 mm (1.73 inches), respectively. Oddly enough, even though the wheelbase has been stretched by a considerable 30 mm (1.18 inches), front legroom is actually down by 1 mm while rear legroom has increased by only 1 mm. On the flip side, the swoopy roofline has been tweaked to free up an extra 8 mm (0.31 inches) for rear passenger headroom, while the ones sitting in front have an additional 9 mm (0.35 inches) to enjoy.
Being the most practical member of the A-Class family, you’re probably interested in knowing how much cargo it can swallow. With the rear seats in place, the CLA Shooting Brake has a volume of 505 liters (17.83 cubic feet) or 10 liters (0.35 cubic feet) more than before. There’s more good news to share as the width and depth of the load compartment have significantly increased, much like the tailgate’s width opening. That means it will be easier to load and unload cargo.
It comes as no surprise the new CLA Shooting Brake gets all the toys we’ve seen already in the latest A-Class hatchback and sedan, as well as the CLA and the B-Class minivan. From the MBUX infotainment system to adaptive dampers, it’s a feature-rich compact car loaded with the newest tech Mercedes can offer in this class.
For the time being, the range-topping version will be the CLA 250 with a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine rated at 225 horsepower and 350 Newton-meters (258 pound-feet) of torque channeled to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The market launch in Europe is scheduled for September and customers will be able to order the car with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines found in the A-Class and CLA-Class families. Eventually, there will likely be a warm CLA 35 Shooting Brake with 302 hp on tap and possibly a CLA 45 Shooting Brake with 383 hp and 416 hp in the flagship CLA 45 S version.
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