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3 Things To Know About The New Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

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A redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA is about to arrive. The new series will spawn a wagon variant called the CLA Shooting Brake. And just this week, a prototype for the redesigned CLA Shooting Brake has been spotted for the first time.

Exterior

The spy shots showed a CLA Shooting Brake wrapped in thick and heavy camouflage but that didn’t stop us from noticing the sleek shape that the Mercedes engineers are planning for the Shooting Brake. The face resembles a scaled-down version of the latest CLS and you will notice a new grille based on the German automaker’s Panamericana grille.

Interior

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will receive the automaker’s new cockpit design which combines a large infotainment screen with a digital instrument cluster. The infotainment screen can be controlled fully by touch but the driver can also use natural speech to manipulate many of the car’s features and functions.

Cannot imagine how the new cockpit will look like? Take a look at the new A-Class sedan’s cockpit. Elegant and sleek, the new CLA Shooting Brake’s cabin is made for luxury.

Mercedes will use an updated version of the Modular Front-Drive Architecture (MFA). This is the same platform being used for current Mercedes compacts and is currently being hailed for its weight-saving capacities and its ability to be configured for different drivetrains.

Powertrain

Speaking of drivetrains, the CLA Shooting Brake should have a range of turbocharged inline-4 initially in the US. The standard engine is expected to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that can produce 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

The engine will be paired with a front-wheel drive for the standard models, but an all-wheel drive should be available for the performance-oriented models.

The redesigned CLA should be open to the market next spring while the Shooting Brake model will arrive next fall. Like the current Shooting Brake, we don’t expect this new one to be available in the US.

Special Edition Mercedes G-Class and CLA Released in Japan

Mercedes-Benz Japan just launched special editions of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The new G-Class version commemorates AMG’s 50th anniversary while the new CLA variants pay homage to the Star Wars Day.

Mercedes-AMG G63 50th Anniversary Edition

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The special edition Mercedes G63 comes in Mauritius Blue metallic paint with black bumpers, fenders, roof, thin horizontal body strips, mirror caps and 20-inch AMG wheels. The interior of the sport utility vehicle is covered in black Designo leather with diamond trim. In addition to the all-black scheme, its surfaces also come in two-tone themes which combine black with mocha brown, saddle brown and porcelain white highlights.

Only 50 units of the vehicle will be made and it will be exclusive to buyers in Japan. Each model costs 22.2 million yen, including taxes, which is around $194,604.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition

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May 4 is considered to be Star Wars day by fans of the film franchise. As a tribute to the most popular space saga of all-time, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition was released.

Only 120 units of the special CLA will be produced and it is available in two themes. One is finished in Calcite White, which represents the Stormtroopers of the film. The other is in Night Black as a nod to the main villain, Darth Vader.

The Stormtrooper-based car offers a two-tone exterior that combines the white finish with black mirror caps, window sills, side skirts and front lip. The surfaces of the auto is covered in black leather with complementing white and gray stripes plus silver stitching. The ambient lighting of the vehicle produces a blue hue.

The Darth Vader-inspired version of the CLA comes in a sinister all-black finish. The interior mirror the dark exterior surface of the car too. To put emphasis on the evil character of the Sith lord, the leather is combined with red stitching and scarlet ambient lighting.

Photos

Check out the images of the Mercedes-AMG G63 50th Anniversary Edition and the Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Star Wars Edition in the gallery below:

Mercedes-Benz Mildly Updates CLA Coupe and CLA Shooting Brake

The sign of a successful car is an almost invisible midway into its life. You know you’re making a good choice in buying a particular vehicle if the company has a reputation of improving the current version even before a new model comes out.

Mercedes-Benz is doing us all a favor in putting mild adjustments on its CLA four-door coupe and its Shooting Brake version. Although even owners of the coupe and the Shooting Brake may not be able to tell the difference, it’s still a welcome development for those who have yet to get their hands on the Merc.

The marketing materials from the company pointed out that there’s a new coat hook in the CLA’s grab handles, but that only means the car is evolving rather than introducing new technologies.

Of course, there are highlights, and these are quite literal, in a sense. With the update, Mercedes lovers can expect new LED high performance headlights that use less than half of the energy of equivalent xenons. That speaks of the Merc’s ability to adjust itself to calls for more eco-friendly vehicles.

These said headlights also offer a kind of illumination that is almost similar to natural daylight. This would be then helpful to people who usually find it hard maneuvering through dark streets—something the company can address succinctly by merely changing the headlights.

Then, there’s the suspended mid-air media screen that is smarter and slender than the previous version. It might not be that big of a deal for some, but it’s perfect for one’s line of vision.

The CLA has a new engine, too. The cheapest is the CLA180 diesel that emits just 89g/km of CO2, roughly the same as the Prius. It comes in front wheel drive and manual transmission.

As you go up the range, there’s AWD and automatic transmission, the most powerful of which is the CLA45 AMG models that has the same updated 376bhp 2-litre petrol turbo engine as the A45 AMG.

The CLA Coupe will debut next week at the New York Motor Show while the CLA Shooting Brake will launch in April at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin. Deliveries of both start in July.

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