With an affordable price and matching good looks, Mercedes ’ CLA lineup has become a popular item among luxury car customers. That success has inspired Mercedes to expand the CLA lineup to include, among other things, a CLA Shooting Brake , a CLA45 AMG , and as this latest set of spy shots show, a CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.
Yes, the CLA45 AMG is getting a wagon version, or Shooting Brake, as Mercedes likes to call it. Our spy photographers managed to take a host of spy photos of the barely-covered CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, and as you can expect, it looks a lot like what we’d expect from a Mercedes with AMG’s influence. The aggressive body kit is evident at first glance, complete with what looks like new vents strategically placed in the front fascia. It’s hard to make out whether the "twin-blade" radiator grille is present, although we won’t be surprised if its there.
Some might argue that the arrival of the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will quickly over-saturate the CLA lineup, but we’re not complaining the least bit. The CLA-Class has proven to be a hot seller for Mercedes, so why not strike whole the iron is hot?
Updated 03/25/2014: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.
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March 24, 2014 - First testing session
The long roofline and hatchback give away its Shooting Brake configuration, although how much of an actual appeal it’s going to have to customers is still subject to debate.
Moving to the back, a subtle set of quad exhaust pipes peeking out of the back — the only part of the car that’s been heavily covered. Notice also the diffuser that runs the width of the rear, just under the bumper. It’s a welcome addition that should aid the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake’s aerodynamics.
We can say with certainty that the CLA455 AMG will carry the same 355-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine as its sedan sibling that mates to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT. Given the extra weight, the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake should hit 60 mph in about 4.6 seconds.
Creating a rendering of the CLA45 AMG was pretty easy. We simply took the CLA45 AMG sedan, slapped on a shooting brake back end and voila: CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.
The arrival of the new Audi RS4 comes at a time when Audi is deep in its engine reshuffling that would do away with those old turbo V-8s in favor of the turbo six variety. That should have an effect on how much power the future RS4 is going to carry.
While we’re not holding our breath to see the new RS4 still pack the same output as its predecessor, a new turbo V-6 under its hood should still be enough to generate an output in the neighborhood of 400 horsepower. That’s going to be a nudge up to what the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will have, but all that is still speculation as far as the RS4 is concerned.