Available to order from today, the CLA Shooting Brake - the fifth and final member of the German brand's new compact vehicle range after the CLA-Class, A-Class, B-Class and GLA-Class - starts at $52,400 plus on-road costs and boasts an equipment list that is largely the same as the successful CLA sedan.
Unique to the wagon body style are the Easy-Pack power tailgate and Designer aluminium boot rails, both of which are standard across the range.
The Shooting Brake gets 40mm extra headroom in the second row compared with the coupe and a cargo bracket fitting, which means you can lock the 60:40 split rear seats in a more upright position to increase luggage flexibility.
The wagon weighs only 30kg more than the sedan, with all of the extra weight at the rear. It subtly shifts the front-to-rear weight balance from 60:40 to 58:42.
The two range-topping Shooting Brake variants also get mildly retuned suspension compared with the CLA. The two mechanical platforms are otherwise identical.
The CLA200's 1.6-litre petrol engine generates 115kW and 250Nm, accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds and uses 6.0 litres per 100km on the European combined cycle (local figures will be released at the car's local launch).
The CLA200 CDI's 2.1-litre turbo diesel engine makes 100kW/300Nm, accelerates from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds and uses 4.4L/100km.
Step up to the CLA250 Sport 4Matic (all-wheel drive) and you get a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder that makes 155kW and 350Nm, gets from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and uses 6.8L/100km.
The flagship CLA45 AMG 4Matic churns out 265kW and 450Nm, and gets from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds. Combined cycle fuel usage is rated at 6.9L/100km.
Mercedes-Benz has also announced an Australian launch special called the OrangeArt Edition. This special edition, which we saw at the international drive program in Frankfurt, introduces a new visual package to the CLA Shooting Brake range.
The special edition comprises orange highlight detailing, including Neon Art design on the seat upholstery and stitching and AMG alloy wheels complete with orange flange detailing. The OrangeArt Edition is available to order on the CLA200 and CLA200 CDI Shooting Brake variants for $4990. Buyers can also opt for the package on the CLA45 AMG for $4490.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake pricing (plus on road costs):
CLA200 CDI $52,900
CLA250 Sport 4Matic $66,400
CLA45 AMG 4Matic $89,900
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake specifications:
CLA200 and CLA200 CDI:
18-inch alloy wheels
Seven-speed automatic transmission
Active parking assist
Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights
Diamond grille with black pins
Auto headlights and wipers
Lowered comfort suspension
Front and rear parking sensors
Twin exhaust outlets
Blind spot assist
Collision prevention assist plus with semi-autonomous braking
Electronic stability control
Pre-safe accident anticipatory system
Four-way electric lumbar adjust
8.0-inch display screen with Audio 20 infotainment system, Garmin Map Pilot SD card navigation, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
Six-speaker audio system
Electric park brake
Reverse-view camera with guidelines and 180-degree visibility
Man-made Artico leather sports seats
Steering wheel shift paddles
Dual-zone climate control
18-inch AMG alloy wheels
4Matic all-wheel drive
AMG body kit
Red brake calipers
Diamond grille with silver pins
Intelligent lighting system with bi-xenon headlamps, cornering lights, adaptive high beam assist, LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights
Lowered sports suspension
Panoramic glass sunroof
Perforated front brake discs
Sport configuration for seven-speed automatic transmission
Sportier engine and accelerator tuning
Anti-theft alarm system
Tyre pressure monitor
Electric front seats with memory
Keyless-Go keyless entry
Leather steering wheel with perforated grip
Leather sports seats
Heated front seats
Sports pedals with brushed stainless steel
Red contrast stitching
Rear armrest with twin cupholders and through loading
Aluminium trim and red air vent surrounds
19-inch AMG alloy wheels
AMG driver’s package
AMG high-performance brakes
AMG performance exhaust
AMG Speedshift automatic transmission
AMG sports suspension
AMG body kit
AMG red brake calipers
Lane keeping assist
Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control
AMG instrument cluster with race timer
AMG performance leather seats
AMG performance leather/Dinamica steering wheel
8.0-inch display screen with Comand Aps infotainment system, HDD navigation, 10GB music storage, DVD player, voice control, Bluetooth, internet connectivity, digital radio
AMG floor mats
12-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system
Illuminated door sill panels