Geneva: Mercedes unveils new CLA Shooting Brake

Second-generation CLA estate offers greater boot space and a rakish roofline

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Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off its second-generation CLA Shooting Brake at the Geneva motor show yesterday.

The estate model is based on the CLA saloon that debuted at the Detroit show in January, which is itself a stretched version of the A-Class hatchback.

The car’s front end is identical to the A-Class and CLA – with a raked-forward front end and signature LED headlights. However, from the B-pillar back, the CLA has a totally new rear.

While the first-generation model was more of a lifestyle choice than a practical one due to its severe lack of headroom and boot space, this new model is a more practical proposition. The boot space has increased to 505 litres – just 10 litres up from its predecessor – but the boot opening is now a substantial 23cm wider than before.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake rear - Geneva 2019

Being based on the new A-Class endows the CLA Shooting Brake with a high level of technology on the inside. Taking centre stage is the brand’s latest MBUX infotainment system, with twin widescreen displays stretching right across the dashboard to offer a sense of cinematic style to the satnav.

Drivers can also make use of the ultra-trendy voice assistant – activated by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’ to the car.

Mercedes has only announced a single engine for the CLA Shooting Brake – a 2.0-litre petrol with 220hp, badged as CLA 250. Other petrol and diesel engines are expected to be announced closer to the model’s launch later this year.

Nothing’s been mentioned on price yet either, but expect a modest increase over the outgoing car’s £26,000 asking price.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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