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New Mercedes-Benz compact CLA Shooting Brake; up to 60 mpg

Mercedes-Benz is introducing a Shooting Brake version of its CLA compact coupé. The CLA Shooting Brake (length/width/height: 4630/1777/1435 mm) will initially be available with a choice of two diesel and three gasoline engines—all equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function and Euro 6-compliant—as well as with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It goes on sale in January 2015, with the first models going to customers towards the end of March 2015.

Two years ago, with the CLS Shooting Brake, Mercedes-Benz created a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate. (Earlier post.) The CLA Shooting Brake takes the elegant Shooting Brake design into a smaller model. The new CLA Shooting Brake is the latest member of Mercedes’ successful compact range, which now includes five models. A total of 375,000 A-, B-, CLA- and GLA-Class vehicles were sold in the first ten months of 2014.

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CLA Shooting Brake. Click to enlarge.

Around the world, some 900,000 vehicles of the new generation of compact models are now in customer hands, including 100,000 CLA models. The conquest sales rate for the CLA worldwide stands at around 50%. More than a fifth of the compact cars built by Mercedes-Benz stay in Germany, with Great Britain and Italy the next-largest markets. The CLA Shooting Brake is built at the company's plant in Kecskémet, Hungary.

The CLA 200 CDI diesel, with an output of 100 kW (136 hp), is particularly efficient: it has a top speed of 215 km/h (134 mph) and a combined consumption figure of just 3.9 l/100 km (60 mpg US), with emissions of 101 g CO2/km.

Diesel CLA 200 CDI CLA 220 CDI
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 2143 2143
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 100/136 at 3200-4000 130/177 at 3600-3800
Rated torque (N·m at rpm) 300 at 1400-3000 350 at 1400-3400
Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km) (4.2-3.9)
4.4-4.1
(4.3-4.0)
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) (111-101)
115-108
(112-105)
Efficiency class (A+)
A+
(A+)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) (9.9)
9.5
(8.3)
Top speed (km/h) (215)
215
(228)

Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses.

Gasoline CLA 180 CLA 200 CLA 250 CLA 250 4MATIC
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 1595 1595 1991 1991
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 90/122 at 5000 115/156 at 5300 155/211 at 5500 155/211 at 5500
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 200 at 1250-4000 250 at 1250-4000 350 at 1200-4000 350 at 1200-4000
Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km) 6.0-5.5
(5.6-5.3)
6.0-5.6
(5.6-5.3)
(5.7-5.5) (6.8-6.6)[6.8]
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) 140-128(132-124) 140-130
(132-124)
(132-128) (156-152)[158]
Efficiency class B
(B)
B
(B)
(B) (C)
[C]
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 9.4
(9.3)
8.8
(8.7)
(6.9) (6.8)
[6.8]
Top speed (km/h) 210
(210)
225
(225)
(240) (240)
[240]

Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in parentheses (in square brackets: CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC).

All-wheel drive is available straight from the market launch, initially in the CLA 250 4MATIC and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC. Diesel variants in the form of the CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC and CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC will follow in September 2015.

Safety and driver assistance; autonomous braking. The CLA Shooting Brake features COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. This assistance system extends the functionality of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST by the addition of autonomous braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger braking. The vehicle speed is thus already significantly reduced.

Depending on the relative speed, this intervention may be enough to avoid a rear-end collision with vehicles that are driving more slowly, stopping or stationary, or significantly mitigate its severity.

Also fitted as standard is the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST. Operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h, or 37 - 124 mph), it uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver’s current attention level.

“Mercedes connect me”. The communications module, which is available as standard in certain European countries, makes it possible to use the Mercedes connect me range of Standard Services.

Available services include, for example, Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management. In an accident, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and condition of the vehicle to the rescue operations center. A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically, but can also be triggered manually.

The optionally available Remote Online facility allows the customer to connect to their vehicle from anywhere and at any time via “connect.mercedes.me” and, for example, to use their smartphone to find out how full the tank is.

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