The sleek-looking compact wagon received its mid-cycle facelift

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.

  • 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed, Speedshift DCT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    375
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    42545
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669729
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669730
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669626

Styling-wise, this facelift is as mild as they get, but the sleek AMG-badged wagon has quite a few revised features to brag about once you take a closer took. Up front, the most noticeable change is the A-wing design bumper (already seen on most recent Mercedes updates) with a matte titanium grey splitter and high-gloss black inserts around the side and lower air intakes.

Customers who aren't satisfied with the standard model can now opt for the AMG Aerodynamics package

Around back, the only modification is the new diffuser, which now has four vertical fins and incorporates the exhaust pipes. On the previous model, Mercedes offered a three-fin diffuser flanked by exhaust outlets integrated into the apron. Needless to say, last year’s model seemed sportier with the old diffuser, but the new design is more appropriate for a wagon.

Customers who aren’t satisfied with the standard model can now opt for the AMG Aerodynamics package, which adds a larger front splitter, revised bumper intakes, a black lip spoiler, and black accents over the simulated air outlets on the rear bumper.

Finally, AMG prepared new wheels for the Shooting Brake, starting with the standard 18-inch, ten-spoke rims painted either titanium grey or black and with a high-sheen finish. Optionally, customers can have 19-inch cross-spoke, light-alloy wheels in either matte black or titanium grey, both with a high-sheen rim flange.

Interior

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Interior
- image 669723

The interior of the pre-facelifted Shooting Brake was also carried over with minor changes, but that’s a good thing, as it represents the perfect balance between sportiness and elegance. Changes include red contrast topstitching and a new AMG trim with a matte finish and polished surfaces with the AMG logo. The upholstery can be had with either red or silver highlights. Also new is the optional AMG Dinamica Interior package with revised trim and a Dinamica AMG Performance steering wheel.

Everything else remained the same, meaning the facelift comes with sporty seats, a touchscreen with AMG start-up screen and Racetimer stopwatch, brushed stainless steel AMG sill panels, AMG floor mats, and brushed stainless steel sports pedals. Options include the AMG Exclusive and AMG Night packages among many other stand-alone features.

Drivetrain

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669725
Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 4.3 seconds, a tenth-second slower than the sedan

Nothing changed under the hood, where the CLA45 Shooting Break sports the same drivetrain as the 2016 model. As a brief reminder, the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger had its output increased from 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to 375 horses and 350 pound-feet in the Shooting Brake as a result of an upgrade in the Mercedes-AMG A45 hot-hatch. The engine mates to AMG’s familiar seven-speed, Speedshift DCT transmission and a performance-oriented 4Matic all-wheel-drive system with a three-stage ESP and ESP Curve Dynamic Assist. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 4.3 seconds, a tenth-second slower than the sedan, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph.

Safety

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669727

The safety features are carried over from last year’s model and include the advanced eight-airbag system that offers 10-way occupant protection. The package consists of dual, two-stage front air bags, front side-impact head/torso air bags, dual front knee air bags, and side curtain air bags for both seating rows. Other features include adaptive braking technology, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Brake Assist (BAS), Attention Assist, Antilock Braking (ABS), an advanced tire pressure monitoring system, and a three-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

Prices

Pricing information for the updated AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake is not yet available, but the facelifted wagon should cost significantly more than the outgoing model, which retails from £42,545 (about $61,580). While the upgraded sedan will arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2016, the Shooting Brake model won’t be offered on this side of the pond.

Competition

Audi RS4 Avant

2018 Audi RS4 Avant Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
- image 635834

Sleeker than the average wagon, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake competes in a league of its own. However, if you’re looking for alternative, you should check out the RS4 Avant. When it returns to the market, that is, because Audi has yet to launch the new model based on the redesigned A4 and the previous version is no longer for sale. Details are slim as of this writing, but word has it Audi plans to replace the previous 4.2-liter V-8 with a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6. The new S4 Avant uses a similar powerplant rated at 354 horsepower and 368 pound-feet, meaning the RS4 Avant could benefit from up to 400 horsepower, significantly more than the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.

Find out more about the upcoming Audi RS4 Avant here.

Conclusion

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669644

The facelift might not bring many new features to the CLA45 Shooting Brake, but the German wagon remains as attractive as the first day it arrived in dealerships. The main reasons for that are the fact that it already received an engine upgrade in 2015 and that its body configuration makes it unique on the market. On top of that, it brings together sportiness, practicality, and some of the bling you get with larger Mercedes-AMG models. Its drawbacks remain the same: the interior could look better and the price premium over the hatchback is pretty big.

  • Leave it
    • * Interior could look better given the price
    • * Quite expensive
    • * Minor improvements

Press Release

The sporty, expressive design of the CLA is now further honed in a facelift involving new front and rear bumpers as well as new light-alloy wheel designs. The interior also benefits from numerous enhancements, among them new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. LED High Performance headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and further possibilities for integrating smartphones into the control system are all options that serve to enhance safety and comfort. The addition of Active Brake Assist as a standard feature further strengthens the CLA’s credentials as a leader in its class, as does HANDS-FREE ACCESS as an optional convenience feature. The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 now features even more dynamic styling and a further upgraded interior. With a peak performance of 375 hp and maximum torque of 350 lb-ft, it is amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 669724

The facelifted version of the CLA 4-door Coupe will make its physical debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 23rd. The 2017 CLA will be available in US- dealerships in the third quarter of 2016.

In undertaking the facelift modifications, the Mercedes-Benz designers have subtly honed the distinctive look of the CLA. All models now have a new front bumper with a silver, black or chrome trim strip. The rear bumper is optionally available with a panel incorporating a trim strip in chrome or black (Night Package) between the tailpipes. The tailpipe trim panels themselves are now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps where the panels join.

There is a new metallic paint available, Lunar Blue. Most of the available wheels now feature a new design – overall, six different wheels are available to chose from for the CLA250. The CLA previously included the latest generation of assistance and safetysystems that are, in some cases, only now gradually being introduced in the other model series. Among these are Active Brake Assist as standard (known until now as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS), which is able to trigger autonomous braking as a means of reducing the danger of rear-end collisions, as well as the transmission mode selection function DYNAMIC SELECT. With this system the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission and steering feel. The ambient lighting system, which can be individualized by setting any one of twelve color moods, has been part of the specification since the start.

The interior: slimmer display, new trim parts, chrome-plated controls

The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking freestanding 8-inch media display with a new-style glass cover, standard equipment in the US. The new-style dials and red needles in the instrument cluster make it easier to read the instruments.

Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the stowage compartment in the center console.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669725

New trim elements in sail-look finish, matt black ash wood, black DINAMICA microfiber trim (optional in conjunction with the Sport Package Plus) or aluminum with honeycomb grain, serve to liven up the interior. There is also a revised range of seat covers: for the optionally available Interior Package there is a new leather upholstery option in beige/black.

The equipment features: LED High Performance headlamps as an option

The CLA is optionally available with LED High Performance headlamps with a color temperature that is closer to that of daylight than traditional xenon headlamps. This is more restful to the eyes and therefore provides relief to the driver at night. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps also have very low energy consumption – around 60 percent less than xenon and around 70 percent less than halogen.

The low-beam headlamps use LED projection technology, while the main-beam headlamps use LED reflection technology. Direction indicators, daytime running lamps and position lights are in the form of multifunctional fiber-optic cables, which are also used for the ’Coming Home’ function. As all lights use LED technology, there is never a need to change a bulb over the entire service life of the vehicle.

The new optional LED High Performance headlamps are combined with automatic intensity control tail lights, which reduce the dazzling effect for vehicles following. The multi-level functionality regulates the brightness of the brake lights and direction indicators in three stages (Day/Night-time driving/Night-time stationary).

Loading becomes easier with the HANDS-FREE ACCESS option. This system allows the trunk lid or tailgate to be opened without any physical contact; all it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper. HANDS-FREE ACCESS is now included as part of the Premium Package.

The optionally-available Smartphone Integration Package allows the integration and voice-operated control of iPhones® and Android smartphones via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ respectively. Selected functions can be operated using vehicle controls, thus allowing safe use even while on the move.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 669726

A Rear View Camera is now included in the standard equipment for the United States.

Drive system: Efficient and dynamic

The four-cylinder engine in the CLA250 delivers an output of 208 hp and is paired as standard with the 7G-DCT. It is available in both front-wheel drive or with optional 4MATIC.

Latest AMG design language and improved aerodynamics: AMG CLA45

"Avant-garde meets Driving Performance" is the motto for the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. Offering a unique combination of a sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality, the CLA45 also benefits from updated exterior asthetics. LED High Performance headlamps now come as standard, as does the twin louver radiator grille finished in silver chrome.

Aerodynamics have been further improved and the coefficient of drag has been reduced, all to the benefit of driving dynamics and stability. Further exterior features of the facelift include the AMG front bumper in a new A-wing design with front splitter inserts in matte titanium grey and high-gloss black flics, and a new design for the AMG lip spoiler on the trunk lid. New at the rear is the design of the diffuser insert, with four vertical fins. An AMG Aerodynamics package is now available as an optional extra. This comprises a larger front splitter, additional flics, a black AMG lip spoiler plus black accents over the simulated air outlets on the rear bumper.

Two attractive light-alloy wheels join the range: the standard specification includes 18 x 8.0-inch AMG ten-spoke wheels painted titanium grey or black and with a high-sheen finish, with 235/40 R 18 tires. Available as an option are 19 x 8-inch AMG cross-spoke light-alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tires. Here, too, there are two color variants, with matte black or titanium grey paintwork, in each case with a high-sheen rim flange.

The interior has been similarly upgraded and interiors are given an exclusive finishing touch of red contrasting topstitching. The new AMG trim design features a matte painted finish while the structure still has a polished surface that bears the AMG logo. It is available in black/red or in black/silver, depending on the chosen upholstery. Also new is the optional AMG DINAMICA Interior package with a trim element in DINAMICA as well as a full-DINAMICA AMG Performance steering wheel.

With a peak performance of 375 hp and maximum torque of 350 lb-ft, the Mercedes- AMG CLA45 4-door Coupe is among the most powerful vehicles in its segment, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior
- image 669727

Extensive modifications undertaken by Mercedes-AMG last September had already added to the fun at the wheel and emotional appeal of the CLA. Along with the more powerful engine, the new features included the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes as standard, plus shorter gear ratios of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sport transmission. A mechanical limited-slip front differential is available in conjunction with the Dynamic Plus package (optional extra).

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: