Lets end the week by taking a look at one of the most beautiful estates ever produced. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.
Breathtakingly sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with sensuously shaped surfaces lend the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable appearance. The elongated coupé-style roof contour line, the low greenhouse and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of its distinctive profile, as is the gentle downward slope of the roof line, which makes for significantly more headroom than in the four-door coupé.
The CLA Shooting Brake will initially be available with a choice of six engines (two diesel and four petrol) as well as with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Expect deliveries by the of March 2015.
“With the CLA Shooting Brake our compact-car family has grown to five models. The huge breadth of the range, which also includes all-wheel drive and AMG versions, is a fundamental reason for the impressive success story that is the new compact generation – way over a million cars have already been delivered to customers”, said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The compact-car family to which he is referring all built on the MFA platform – which now includes five models – and covers an extremely wide spectrum: with the spacious B-Class Sports Tourer, the youthfully dynamic A-Class, the avant-garde CLA-Class Coupé and the compact GLA-Class SUV. “We cater for a host of different customer requirements in this segment,” adds Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “The CLA Shooting Brake is aimed at active customers who want a car outside the mainstream, with a unique design, which impresses with a high utility value.”
“The highlights include exemplary aerodynamics, state-of-the-art engines, innovative assistance systems and informative telematics services as well as allergy-friendliness”, emphasises Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Like all the models in the compact model series the CLA Shooting Brake also bears the quality seal of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) for a scientifically tested high level of allergy-friendliness.”
The guiding principle behind the designers’ work was that of sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury. “The new CLA Shooting Brake offers a contemporary interpretation of sensual purity and represents the perfect synthesis between the emotionality of a coupé and the intelligence of a shooting brake”, explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “The styling of our CLA Shooting Brake is extremely progressive as well as unmistakable. Once again, we have created a whole new class of vehicle.”
At launch there will be a limited-edition OrangeArt Edition special model ensure that it brings an exciting note to the market launch. This special edition adds a few touches to the standard CLA Shooting Brake such as orange highlight rings around the bi-xenon headlamps to ensure that they stand out in spectacular style, and orange paint around the rim flanges of the AMG light-alloy wheels. Orange and black sports seats and orange contrasting topstitching also help to set this launch model apart and define its interior.