The CLA Shooting Brake was confirmed for production in July, after a thinly-disguised test model was spied late last year.
Delivery for overseas customers will begin from late March, and Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed the CLA Shooting Brake will be heading to Australia shortly after.
Diesel models will be badged CLA 200 CDI and CLA 220 CDI (both available overseas from September), while petrol variants will include the CLA 180, CLA 200 and CLA 250.
Australian customers can expect the seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic to be the only transmission on offer.
Engine outputs range from 90kW/200Nm in the CLA 180 to 100kW/300Nm in the CLA 200 CDI and 155kW/350Nm in the CLA 250. Fuel consumption ranges from 3.9 to 6.8 l/100km.
The familiar 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine from the CLA and A 45 will also power the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, producing 265kW and 400Nm.
The AMG version can reach 100km/h from rest in 4.7 seconds on its way to a limited top speed of 250km/h, with fuel consumption listed at 6.9 l/100km.
Inside, the Shooting Brake gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a standard seven-inch touchscreen, piano-black gloss highlights and 13 light sources.
An electric tailgate is optional as are Urban Line and AMG-Line styling packages, while the ‘real’ AMG model offers optional Exterior Carbon-Fibre, AMG Night and AMG Exclusive packages.
Safety options include standard autonomous emergency braking and driver drowsiness detection, along with the ‘Contact Me’ breakdown, accident and maintenance assistant that also allows owners to communicate with their CLA’s using a smartphone.
Style-wise, the CLA Shooting Brake is true to Merc’s other shooting brake models with a swooping rear roofline leading to the tailgate, flanked by ‘wedge-shaped’ rear side windows.
Mercedes calls it a “gentle” downward slope, and says the Shooting Brake offers “significantly more headroom than in the four-door Coupe”.
The CLA Shooting Brake measures 4630mm long, 1777 wide and 1435 high, with boot space ranging from 495 to 1354 litres; depending on the position of the rear seats. These seats can be shifted to a true upright ‘cargo position’, offering 595 litres of boot space.
A limited ‘OrangeArt Edition’ will be available from launch to celebrate the CLA Shooting Brake’s arrival, featuring various orange highlights around the wheels, headlights and seats.
The Shooting Brake joins the regular A-Class hatch, CLA ‘four-door’ coupe and GLA crossover in Benz’s small ‘A-Team’, along with the ‘tall hatch people mover’ B-Class.
The CLA 45 AMG model is set for a public debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and would be a likely starter for the Australian market.
Local models, specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is expected to arrive in local showrooms from Q2 next year.
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