Deep Space.

The latest arrival in the Mercedes-Benz compact class

offers plenty of room for development.

CLA 250 Sport: Fuel consumption combined: 6.8 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 158 g/km.*

The great thing about a station wagon is there’s so much you don’t have to waste any thoughts on.

For example, should you take the snowboard up to the slopes or the skis? Answer: Both. Will it be a holiday in the mountains or at the beach? Doesn’t matter, the dinghy and the trekking tent will both fit easily into the trunk. And so on. In this way, room for new possibilities opens up – quite literally. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake, moreover, proves that this spatial generosity does not in any way detract from automotive aesthetics. This is a vehicle that unites the dynamics of a four-door coupe with the utility of a station wagon. One look tells you that it readily plenty of storage space, yet with its frameless side windows, flat, rearward-sloping roof and squat stance, it boasts a far more agile look than your average shooting brake. The car’s name itself points to its sporting DNA:

historically, shooting brakes described special chassis that were used in Britain to break in young, wild horses and then to convey shooting parties to the hunt. In its guise as the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic* OrangeArt Edition, this modern-day manifestation not only looks young and powerful, it drives in the same vein.

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7 inches …

… is the size of the freestanding display. This media interface with two USB ports is part of the standard specification.

495 litres …

… (approx. 17.5 cu. ft ) sums up the trunk capacity of the Shooting Brake, making the CLA the segment-leader. If the rear seats are set more upright, this rises to 595 litres (21 cu.ft). Even that leaves room for five occupants. If you need even more load space, the seat bench can be folded to expand the volume to 1,345 litres (47.5 cu. ft) – enough for several snowboards or mountain bikes.

7 inches …

… is the size of the freestanding display. This media interface with two USB ports is part of the standard specification.

495 litres …

… (approx. 17.5 cu. ft ) sums up the trunk capacity of the Shooting Brake, making the CLA the segment-leader. If the rear seats are set more upright, this rises to 595 litres (21 cu.ft). Even that leaves room for five occupants. If you need even more load space, the seat bench can be folded to expand the volume to 1,345 litres (47.5 cu. ft) – enough for several snowboards or mountain bikes.

Sidelong glance.

The Shooting Brake’s striking silhouette harmoniously blends design elements taken from several body variants. It is as stretched, low and muscular as a coupe, while the roof that extends far into the rear grants pleasant headroom to rear-seat passengers. The 1.32-meter-wide (4.3-ft) luggage compartment, meanwhile, offers generous loading options.

 

0.26 cd that’s the drag factor of the Shooting Brake.

Impressively low, it raises the bar in terms of aerodynamics and makes this CLA the most streamlined automobile in its class. But that isn’t the only area where efficiency plays a significant role in this compact vehicle. The hood and front fenders are made from aluminium in order to cut down on weight, while the engines and transmissions are also particularly lightweight. The interior and exterior lighting, meanwhile, employs energy-efficient LED technology.

Torque show.

The CLA Shooting Brake also features 4Matic all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution between the axles – specially designed for the compact class.

Star and stripes.

The attention to detail in the OrangeArt Edition can be seen in the black and orange decorative seams on the seats, doors, armrests – and even on the seatbelts.

Star and stripes.

The attention to detail in the OrangeArt Edition can be seen in the black and orange decorative seams on the seats, doors, armrests – and even on the seatbelts.

Raising the roof.

The optionally available panoramic sliding roof transforms the interior of the CLA Shooting Brake into a sun deck on wheels. The large glazed roof adapts to the driving speed in three stages. At high speeds, it automatically lowers itself slightly to reduce noise levels and drafts. If the vehicle is driving at slower speeds, the glass roof rises again. Making sure that the fresh air can be enjoyed safely are two electric blinds that protect passengers from intense sunlight.

Seeing the light.

Sometimes, all it takes is a single detail to convince you that you’re dealing with an unmistakable character. In the Shooting Brake, it is the tail lights that reach far into the sidewalls.

Seeing the light.

Sometimes, all it takes is a single detail to convince you that you’re dealing with an unmistakable character. In the Shooting Brake, it is the tail lights that reach far into the sidewalls.

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