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New Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake joins the range

The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake has arrived with mechanicals borrowed from the AMG A 35, meaning 302bhp and 400Nm of torque

This is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake, the latest addition the the German manufacturer’s performance line-up. The new model will reach the UK by the end of the year, with prices expected to start from around £40,000.

It’s powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Mercedes-AMG A 35 hatchback, producing 302bhp and 400Nm of torque. Like the hatch, power is fed to a four-wheel drive system via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission although, due to the Shooting Brake’s increased kerbweight, its 0-62mph time drops from 4.7 to 4.9 seconds.

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To cope with the extra performance, Mercedes-AMG has redesigned the Shooting Brake’s body-in-white with a range of underbody strengthening plates and bracing bars. Additional chassis upgrades include larger four-piston front disc brakes, optional adaptive suspension and a reconfigured traction control system with a “sport handling” mode, which Mercedes says relaxes the ESP.

Unlike the AMG A 35, the CLA 35’s all-wheel-drive system is variable rather than permanent. The rear differential is fitted with a multi-disc clutch, which can vary the power distribution from front-wheel-drive only to a 50:50 split. Mercedes claims the system offers fuel economy advantages, with the CLA 35 achieving claimed figures of 37.6mpg.

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As with all AMG products, the new CLA 35 Shooting Brake also comes with the brand’s five-setting “dynamic select” drive modes. “Comfort” mode disconnects drive to the rear axle, offering improved fuel economy, while the most aggressive “Sport +” sharpens throttle response and engages a double-declutch downshift setting for the transmission.

Styling updates over the standard model include a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, a fresh front grille, new front and rear bumpers, wider side skirts and a reworked rear diffuser with larger exhaust tips. Optional extras include 19-inch alloy wheels and AMG’s Aerodynamic Package, which adds a more aggressive front splitter, a set of dive planes and a new spoiler.

Inside, the new CLA 35 estate gets a pair of nappa-trimmed sports seats, an AMG-branded multifunction steering wheel, a new centre console, aluminium pedals and Mercedes’s latest MBUX dual-screen infotainment system. Buyers can also opt for leather upholstery, more heavily-bolstered AMG sports seats and a set of illuminated, stainless steel tread plates.

Now read our review of the Mercedes-AMG A 35 hatchback. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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