The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is beginning to take shape, and these spy shots reveal the baby estate in almost production trim. Spotted winter testing in Scandinavia, expect to see the CLA Shooting Brake to go on sale in early 2015.
It will be the fifth model in the Mercedes small car lineup based on the MFA architecture, which also underpins the A, B, CLA and GLA-Class models. The images reveal the CLA Shooting Brake will adopt several styling cues from the larger CLS shooting Brake, with the sloping roofline and rounded flanks. The extended rear end, which is lightly disguised in the images, will make for increased passenger and luggage space over the standard model.
Trim and engine options will be carried over from the standard CLA, meaning the 136bhp and 170bhp 1.8-litre diesels and 1.6-litre petrol motor will be available. Six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions will also be offered, alongside the 4matic four-wheel drive system.
There’s also the possibility of the CLA Shooting Brake receiving the AMG treatment, with the 355bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from the A45, CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models being used. There has been no official word on pricing but the Shooting Brake version is likely to cost a little more than standard car – just like the CLS does. A starting price of around £26,000 for the petrol and £28,000 for the diesel variants is likely.