Another model is set to join the Mercedes compact car family. Meet the CLA Shooting Brake: it will certainly remedy the feeling of claustrophobia that exists in the standard model. And this is by the automaker’s own admission. “Significantly more headroom” is one of the things the marketing folk decided to lead with in their media statement.
Mercedes-Benz first sought to infuse sex appeal into the wagon genre with the CLS Shooting Brake. Although most seemed to think it rather hearse-like in appearance. They certainly put the fun into funeral with the CLS 63 AMG version. You might recall it was sold in SA for a short while, before it was given the chop due to slow sales.
Rear passengers get four centimetres more headroom and luggage capacity ranges between 495 to 1354 litres with the seats folded down. With the seats moved into the steeply raked “cargo” position, space is set at 595 litres – while still leaving room for occupants. They’re really adamant that this is a bona fide estate car, integrating a collapsible storage box in the boot, as well as a 12V socket if you have camping ambitions. In addition, buyers can have optional aluminium strips and anti-slip inlays on the floor.
The entire line-up of engines available in its companions, are offered in the Shooting Brake too. It will also be sold in CLA 45 AMG guise. We won’t expound too much on the styling – you can be the judge of that. But like its siblings, it is a decidedly striking car.
The mandate of this jazzy, revitalised range of compact cars was to appeal to a younger audience. And Mercedes seems to be succeeding here. “The introduction of the new compact car models has seen the Mercedes-Benz brand become palpably younger in appeal. The average age of its customers has fallen,” a company statement read.
But here’s the kicker. According to Mercedes-Benz SA spokeswoman, Shirle Greig, the CLA Shooting Brake is not in the product plan. And that is unlikely to change.
-Ignition Live Reporter