UPDATE: As we feared, the CLA Shooting Brake is not currently slated for US availability. The text below has been adjusted accordingly.
Of all the variants in Mercedes’ smallest line, only one doesn’t have a liftgate, and that’s the CLA-Class. But don’t worry, the German automaker is out to fix that too with the reveal of the new CLA Shooting Brake you see here.
Based on the same platform that underpins the CLA four-door coupe, the A-Class hatchback, B-Class minivan and GLA crossover, the new Shooting Brake applies a similar formula we’ve already seen on the bigger CLS Shooting Brake but in a much smaller form – which is to say, it’s a wagon, but a shapely one. The revised roofline means more headroom in the back seat and significantly more cargo capacity than the four-door’s trunk.
Mercedes will offer the CLA with a variety of engine choices, including a 2.1-liter turbodiesel with either 136 or 177 horsepower, a 1.6-liter four with 122, 156 or 211 horsepower. That last model will even be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive for those not enamored by the idea of a front-drive Benz, but the top of the range, of course, is the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake that carries the same 2.0-liter turbo four – all 360 horsepower of it – as the four-door CLA45 as well as the A45 and GLA45. Driving once again to all four wheels, Daimler says it’ll reach 62 in 4.7 seconds (even quicker than the crossover) and top out at the usual 155 miles per hour.
Of course those options only apply to markets where the new Shooting Brake will be offered. And unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz USA confirmed to Autoblog that (like the CLS wagon) the CLA Shooting Brake won’t be making the transatlantic voyage to US showrooms (where the E-Class is the only low-slung Benz wagon on offer). That leaves the four-door CLA and the GLA crossover still holding down the pint-sized fort for Mercedes.