The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has been spied winter testing virtually undiguised. Expected to go on sale in early 2015, it's the fifth model to be based on the company’s MFA architecture, which also underpins the A, B, CLA and GLA-Class models.
The only part of the car hidden from view is the rear quarter – where the bulk of changes will take place. Other than that, the Shooting Brake retains the same front end and signature ‘dropping line’ as the saloon model.
Like the bigger Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake, the CLA features an extended rear-end and steeply raked rear windscreen for a more sporting look. It will also offer more luggage capacity and increase passenger space over the standard model it’s based on.
The only changes to the Shooting Brake will be on the outside - the interior design and engine line-up will be carried over from the standard CLA saloon. Two 1.8-litre diesel engines with 136bhp and 170bhp will be available, along with a 1.6-litre petrol.
A four-wheel drive AMG version using the 355bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the CLA 45 AMG is expected to be offered. Six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes will also be available.
Pricing has not been revealed yet but expect to pay a slight premium over the four-door CLA, at around £28,000 for the diesel and £26,000 for the petrol models.