Upcoming CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake (X117) Spied in Germany

With the Mercedes-Benz CLA (C117) four-door coupe already capturing the hearts of clients all over the world, to the point of Mercedes-Benz increasing production in order to meet the demand, the Germans aren't sitting still and are working on a new variant of the model.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake (X117) 1 photo
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To be called the CLA Shooting Brake (X117), it will looks like a compact station wagon that went on a diet and also did quite a bit of fitness, but you should probably never call it a wagon in front of a hardcore Mercedes-Benz aficionado or a high-ranked employee of the company.

Compared with the “regular” CLA, the Shooting Brake version will offer a much better luggage compartment potential capacity and a better opening in the rear, all while not compromising the swooping lines and elegance of the four-door model too much.

The passengers will also have quite a bit more head room in the rear thanks to a redesigned roof, so the practicality should be well improved compared with its sibling.

Engine-wise, it should come with the exact same powerplants as the CLA (C117), meaning that Europe will get everything from a 1.5-liter diesel sourced from Renault to the bonkers two-liter turbocharged four-pot for the AMG variant.

Speaking of which, the short spy video below actually depicts a camouflaged pre-production model of the future Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake (X117), caught while parked inside a Mercedes-Benz testing facility near Stuttgart, Germany.

Just like all the other "45 AMG" models in the current lineup, the CLA Shooting Brake will sport a turbocharged four-cylinder that transmits no less than 360 hp (355 bhp) and 450 Nm (332 lb ft) of torque to all four wheels, via a double-clutch transmission with seven speeds.

Fans of the model from the United States shouldn't get their hopes up though, as it seems that Mercedes-Benz has decided that it is not worth the trouble to bring it into the land of the free, just as they did with the larger CLS shooting Brake.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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