310kW performance wagon debuts ahead of European launch in the coming months, but like the standard CLA Shooting Brake it won’t be coming to Australia.
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Mercedes-AMG has revealed the CLA45 Shooting Brake, joining the related CLA45 four-door coupe and A45 hatchback in the marque’s flagship compact performance line-up – but don’t expect it in Australia anytime soon.

Like its siblings, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake is available in two versions: ‘basic’ and ‘S’. Both are powered by the company’s new high-output 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 285kW/480Nm in ‘basic’ guise and a whopping 310kW/500Nm in flagship S trim.

Peak torque in the CLA45 S Shooting Brake comes in between 5000 and 5250rpm, while the ‘basic’ model has maximum shove available between 4750 and 5000rpm.

Regardless of variant, the CLA45 Shooting Brake sends that grunt to the tarmac via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system with Drift Mode – allowing drivers to send 100 per cent of torque to the rear axle.

Mercedes-AMG claims the CLA45 S Shooting Brake will dash from 0-100km/h in just 4.0 seconds, identical to the four-door coupe version. The non-S model claims a 4.1-second sprint, while both are electronically limited to a top speed of 250km/h as standard.

Opting for the AMG Driver’s Package lifts the top speed to 270km/h, not bad for a little station wagon. Fuel consumption, meanwhile, is rated between 8.2-8.4L/100km depending on specification.

“The new CLA 45 Shooting Brake is already the third model of our completely new Performance compact cars portfolio and demonstrates that we have a range tailored to all types of individual wishes,” said Tobias Moers, CEO for Mercedes-AMG.

“Our Shooting Brake additionally offers a pronounced degree of practical utility value, which its expressive design idiom brings across with plenty of lifestyle appeal.”

Like the new A45 and CLA45 four-door coupe, the CLA45 Shooting Brake offers a raft of upgrades over the standard model, including additional drive modes, rejigged suspension, variable-ratio sports steering, beefier brakes (360mm front and 330mm rear for S models) with six-piston front calipers (CLA45 S), an active exhaust system, model-specific AMG bodykit and interior specification, along with additional AMG menus and functions for the MBUX infotainment system.

The AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake goes on sale in Europe later this year, with pricing to be announced.

Australia

Mercedes-AMG’s local division has no plans to bring the CLA45 Shooting Brake to Australian showrooms, echoing Mercedes-Benz’s decision to pass on the standard CLA Shooting Brake. Boo.

The A45 and CLA45 four-door coupe will lob Down Under during the first quarter of 2020, with pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to launch. Stay tuned for all the latest.

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