Stuttgart. Attractive, intelligent – and at the same time practical: the latest iteration of the extravagant synthesis of four-door coupé and estate-car rear end will appear from September in the form of the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. Like the CLA Coupé, the Shooting Brake reinterprets the design idiom of sensual purity, turning the interior into a cool and stylish user interface for intelligent digital technology. From the striking "shark nose" at the front of the vehicle and the smooth expanses of its sides, the design displays elegant athleticism right through to the muscular lines of its rear end. The latter serves to provide the CLA Shooting Brake with a crucial extra element of functionality. While just as much a designer piece as the CLA Coupé, it offers more space for spontaneity, be that on an extended shopping spree or for sports and outdoor activities where space is required.
The interior of the CLA Shooting Brake 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. 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 further improved voice recognition, the 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 design and equipment lines as well as an increasing and diverse range of apps, which can be downloaded from Mercedes me, called up via MBUX and their services then used.
This CLA is thus aimed at customers for whom, just a few years ago, Mercedes‑Benz was not the first choice that came to mind when they were looking to buy a car. "We want to address young individualists with the particularly expressive design of the CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake. Furthermore, the new CLA Shooting Brake offers more space than its predecessor – for sports equipment and much more," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales.
Like the previous model, the new CLA Shooting Brake will be manufactured at the Kecskemét plant (Hungary) and comes onto the market in September 2019.
Design: sports car with load space
The CLA Shooting Brake is a five-door model and clearly a coupé in terms of its proportions, yet it offers considerable effective load space thanks to a roof that is continued through to the rear and rounded off by the tailgate. It is a designer car, the proportions of which ensure that it appeals first and foremost to the emotions: a long bonnet, compact greenhouse with coupé-like window lines, muscular shoulders over the rear wheel arch and a sinuously crouched rear, which clearly shows its sports car genes. The outline of the frameless windows is identical to the outline of the Coupé itself up to the B-pillar. Behind it, the window line runs considerably higher, which makes entering for rear passengers easier. Elongated into the rear, it tapers off into an acute angle.
The flat headlamps, distinctively forward-tilted front end ("shark nose"), the elongated, low-slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with central star mark the typical Mercedes-Benz sports car look. The powerdomes are dynamic styling elements.
The number of character lines has been reduced, for example the shoulder line has been completely dispensed with. The surfaces are structured with soft sculptural curvatures. These emphasise outlines and proportions, thereby helping to define the vehicle's sporty character.
The narrow two-part rear lamps and the licence 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 strikes an impressive pose on the road and looks athletic from every angle. At 871 millimetres, the boot opening is significantly wider than in the previous model (635 mm).
The interior of the passenger compartment is identical to that of the Coupé. Both CLAs offer a unique interior architecture, especially on account of the avant-garde instrument panel: the widescreen display is completely free-standing with no cowl on the wing-shaped main body of the instrument panel. 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, ten colour schemes and various effects in three brightness zones. The three air vents are incorporated here, and their sporty turbine look appeals to the senses even without the lighting.
Digital home on wheels: MBUX keeps on learning
Mercedes-Benz User Experience, MBUX for short, defines the experience in the interior of Mercedes-Benz models since the beginning of 2018 and is developing from model to model in line with the digital world. A high-level computing capacity, bright screens and graphics, individualisable presentation, highlights available on request such as a full-colour head-up display and navigation with augmented reality; additionally software capable of learning and voice-operated control that goes beyond the conventional automotive standards and accepts passengers' instructions following the command "Hey Mercedes". MBUX is completely customised to the wishes of modern users.
ENERGIZING comfort control: wellness while driving
The new CLA Shooting Brake is even more comfortable thanks to Energizing comfort control, which networks the various comfort systems in the vehicle. Functions of the air conditioning system and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage) as well as lighting and musical moods are used in a targeted manner to enable a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the customer.
Based on an intelligent algorithm, the ENERGIZING COACH recommends one of the ENERGIZING packages' programmes depending on the situation and individual. If the Mercedes-Benz vivoactive® 3 smartwatch or a compatible Garmin® wearable is connected, the driver's well-being is taken into consideration in the recommendation based on his/her stress level, pulse frequency or sleep quality the previous night.
Suspension: agile yet comfortable
Along with the CLA Coupé, the CLA Shooting Brake has the sportiest driving characteristics of all the models in the new compact car generation from Mercedes-Benz. This is down to the wider track which makes the new CLA Shooting Brake look even more athletic, as well as the lower centre of gravity and the multi-link rear suspension generally fitted in these models. The wheel suspensions are not only precisely guided, but also designed for ride comfort and quiet-running with acoustic control arms that decouple vibrations at the rear and hydromounts at the front. A large-scale stabiliser bar reduces the roll angle.
An Adaptive Damping System is available on request, which allows the driver to switch between more comfort or particularly sporty tuning. There is a huge selection when it comes to the wheels. The rim diameters range from 16 to 19 inches, tyre size starts at 205/60 R 16 and finishes at 225/40 R 19 ex works. The ESP® tuning has been specially adapted to the CLA's potentially high cornering speeds and handling performance.
Aerodynamics: extensive flow simulation helps to save fuel
Aerodynamics was always one of the first CLA's strong points. Thanks to extensive flow simulation on the computer and fine tuning in the wind tunnel, the new model maintains the high level despite its wider track. The Cd value of 0.26 is naturally above that the Coupé (0.23), whose tapering rear inherently creates somewhat less flow. Apart from just aerodynamic resistance, development work also focussed on the reduction of wind noise.
Intelligent Drive: functions from the S-Class
The CLA Shooting Brake features the current range of driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support and thus provides a very level of active safety for this segment, with functions adopted from the S‑Class. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the CLA can look up to 500 m ahead and can drive partially autonomously in certain situations, for example by conveniently adapting the speed before corners, junctions or roundabouts using Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with recourse to maps and navigation data. As a new function of the Active Steering Assist, among other things, there is also the intuitive Active Lange Change Assist. If the Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally onboard, the CLA also has the function extended automatic restart on motorways.
Powertrain: efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines
The new CLA Shooting Brake relies on the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which were completely updated for the relaunch of the compact model series. In comparison to the previous generation, they are characterised by significantly increased power and by improved efficiency and emissions. By the time of market launch in September there will be a wide range of diesel and petrol engines with manual or dual clutch transmission, front-wheel or all-wheel drive 4MATIC to choose from.
For more information on this car contact our sales teams in:
Sligo on 071 9106900
Galway on 091 337 400
Original Article from Daimler Media