2020 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake – interior Exterior and Drive


2020 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake - interior Exterior and Drive

Americans still aren’t too keen on wagon body styles, and that likely makes the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake off limits stateside. However, the compact wagon made its debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday where it will join the CLA sedan in Europe.

The CLA Shooting Brake is aimed at customers who perhaps wouldn’t put Mercedes-Benz on their vehicle shopping lists. The CLA-Class is a stepping stone into the luxury brand, and the CLA Shooting Brake provides more space for drivers and passengers and their cargo. The coupe-like look of the CLA sedan translates well to the wagon with a long hood up front and wide hips at the rear. The compact greenhouse also retains the «four-door coupe» ethos. Like the regular CLA, the wagon largely lacks side character lines, which lends a softer look.

Compared to the previous CLA Shooting Brake, the car is longer and wider, 1.8 and 2 inches, respectively. Head room and leg room increase marginally in the rear with the added inches. Mercedes-Benz also took care to increase the rear hatch opening a considerable 9.3 inches to make loading cargo easier.

The CLA Shooting Brake hardly looks entry-level inside. The same wide touchscreen is present from the regular CLA and new A-Class, complete with the MBUX infotainment system. Materials look wonderful and the bright yellow accents shown with the yellow exterior color provide a generous splash of color to the black and silver upholstery and trims. The CLA Shooting Brake also features an Energizing Coach. If the driver has paired his or her Mercedes smartwatch or compatible smartwatch to the car, the «coach» will read the driver’s wellness levels and adjust controls inside the car to ensure a pleasurable drive automatically.

Under all the premium goodies is a sportier suspension setup compared to the CLA sedan or A-Class. Adaptive damping allows the driver to swap between comfort and sport tunes. Meanwhile, the CLA Shooting Brake is an aerodynamic machine with a drag coefficient of 0.26, which isn’t too far behind the CLA’s 0.23 figure.

Intelligent Drive: functions from the S-Class

The CLA Shooting Brake has the very latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, and thus provides the highest level of active safety in 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, cross roads or roundabouts using the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with recourse to maps and navigation data. As a new function of the Active Steer Assist, among other things, there is also the intuitive Active Lange Change Assist. If the Active Park Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally onboard, the CLA also has the function extended automatic restart on motorways.

Drive system: clean and strong

The top-of-the range engine in the CLA Shooting Brake will be the powerful four-cylinder petrol engine of the CLA 250 (165 kW/225 hp, 350 Nm), which drives the front wheels via the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (combined fuel consumption 6.5-6.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 149‑143 g/km)[1]. The two-litre direct injection engine has a petrol particulate filter as standard.
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