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The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is now months away from its world premiere, and our spy photographers have caught a late-stage test vehicle out in public with next to no camouflage. 

Using these shots, and others caught previously, as a basis, we are also able to provide you with a pair of computer-generated images of what the car is likely to look like. Just imagine a CLA sedan with a wagon back, like a miniature CLS Shooting Brake in conception. 

Set to be the fifth member of Mercedes’ highly successful small-car range, following the A-Class hatch, B-Class MPV, CLA sedan and GLA ‘crossover’, the Shooting Brake will combine the MFA front-wheel/all-wheel-drive architecture used on those cars with a slinky sports wagon body. 

Mercedes CLA SB 2

So far this year, this family of vehicles has accounted for about one-third of Mercedes-Benz Australia’s total sales, commercial vehicles included. 

Codenamed internally as the X117, the CLA Shooting Brake is tipped to appear for the first time either late this year or potentially very early in 2015. This points to a likely world premiere in the metal at the Detroit motor show in January. 

Expect to see the CLA Shooting Brake in Australia late in 2015. The line-up is likely to mirror that of the sedan, which in Australia is available in 115kW/250Nm CLA200, 100kW/300Nm 1.8-litre diesel CLA200 CDI, 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre CLA250 Sport and 265kW/450Nm 2.0-litre CLA45 AMG.

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Yes, there will definitely be an AMG. 

Manual (for Europe and select overseas markets) and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be available on lower end versions, transferring drive to either the front or all four wheels.