Swoopy small wagon snapped for the first time.

Photographers have spotted the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake for the first time, giving us an early glimpse at the coupe-styled small wagon.

Initially, it was believed the German marque would drop the little estate after it chose not to renew the wagon-bodied CLS for another generation, however, these latest images confirm Mercedes-Benz will once again offer a Shooting Brake version of the little CLA four-door coupe.

Since we haven't seen the CLA coupe in its production form yet, we aren't entirely sure exactly how different it will be to the related A-Class hatchback and sedan, though spy images of both coupe and Shooting Brake versions indicate the next-gen CLA will adopt a 'mini me' design inspired by the larger CLS.

Up front there's the company's new 'predator face', which adorns the brand's new 'progressive' models like the A-Class and CLS, while the rear shows the Shooting Brake will get the new tail-light arrangement as the brand's latest 'coupe' models.

We expect the interior to look much like the A-Class, meaning a dual-screen setup at the front of the cabin will be offered incorporating the company's new MBUX intelligent infotainment software, along with a minimalistic approach to physical dials and switchgear.

The overall fit and finish should also be a noticeable improvement over the current model, if the new A-Class is anything to go by.

Despite its coupe-like profile, expect the CLA Shooting Brake to be quite a practical load lugger too – at least compared to the A-Class hatch and its CLA coupe twin.

Currently, the CLA wagon offers 470L of cargo volume with the second row of seats in place, which is 100L more than the new A-Class hatch and 50L more than the A-Class sedan (due in Australia in the second quarter of next year).

Power will likely come from a range of small-capacity turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, mated to dual-clutch automatic transmissions sending drive to either front or all four wheels.

Almost a definite starter is the '200' powertrain, which is a 1.33-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol motor making 140kW and 250Nm, along with the '250' making a meatier 165kW/320Nm from its larger 2.0-litre displacement.

In terms of launch timing, the CLA coupe is anticipated to make its production debut early next year, with the Shooting Brake to be revealed around six months later.

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