Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake (X117) Spied and Masterfully Rendered

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake (X117) 5 photos
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First came the W176 A-Class hatchback. After it came the sedan variant dubbed CLA, then came the GLA crossover. But Mercedes isn't planning to stop here, oh no. As it happens, there's a Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake variant in the pipeline as well.
Known under the X117 internal code, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show in January, with sales to commence on January 15th and first deliveries programmed for March 1st of next year.

In terms of powertrain options, the Shooting Brake is going to carry over the same four-cylinder mills from the CLA sedan, including the economical oil burners. It's still a mystery whether Mercedes will offer a 45 AMG bruiser too, but considering there's a CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake in the lineup, here's hope we'll also get a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake.

The biggest difference over the CLA sedan will be, naturally, interior space - luggage capacity to be more specific. Whereas the CLA can accommodate 470 liters (16.6 cubic feet) of things in its trunk, the Shooting Brake should surpass the 500-liter (17.7 cubic feet) threshold, making it pretty practical.

Only recently, our spy photographers caught on film what looks like a production-ready test vehicle on a bit of German autobahn and sent us the photos you can admire below. Furthermore, our carparazzi also did a couple of renderings of what the CLA Shooting Brake will look like without a bit of camouflage. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but only a blind man would consider this Merc to be ugly.
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