The future CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes ’s new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake, including its so-called soft nose and dramatic swage line treatment. Under the hood the engine lineup will also be shared with the sedan version.
The new model is rumored to go on sale in 2014 and it is rumored to be priced from about £28,000 - or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates.
Updated 04/29/2013: Mercedes head of design, Gordon Wagener, confirmed today that the company is, in fact, planning a CLA Shooting Brake.
Updated 05/02/2013: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.
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Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and if you ask us, is the coolest model launched by Mercedes in the past few years.
The CLA is offered with a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered in two versions: one with 121 horsepower and one with 154 horsepower . For the American market the CLA is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers a total of 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Top version will be powered by the same engine as the CLA 45 AMG: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 332 lbs-ft of torque. This version will be equipped with a four-wheel drive system and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
Just like with its bigger brother - the CLS Shooting Brake, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will be a model with pretty much no competition.
While it is not a real shooting brake, a five-door hatchback is the closest alternative you will find at Audi dealers. Up to this point the A3 Sportback is being offered with one TDI and two TFSI engines, but Audi has promised more engines will arrive at a later point.
The power will range from 105 to 185 horsepower, with the post powerful version sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and going up to a top speed of 144 mph.
gallery: Audi A3 Sportback
Again, not a real shooting brake model, but the closest thing coming from BMW. The new 1-Series Sport and Urban Line models have been unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and are being offered with a choice of two four-cylinder petrol engines and three four-cylinder diesel units.
Power will range from 116 to 184 horsepower, with the most powerful version going from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 140 mph.