New Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 shooting brake available from £53,370

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake - driving

CIA 45 brake shooting from dispatches 0-62 mph in 4,0 sec.

Coupe-style estate gets the same headline-grabbing 2.0-liter unit as its hot hatchback and sedan friends

The update of Mercedes-AMG to this compact car lineup continues with the arrival of the new CLA 45 4MATIC and shooting brakes.

A real estate version of the A45 with 4Matic+ all-wheel drive hyper sunroof is available to order in the UK starting at £53,370 - $3000 more than the hatchback. Standard equipment, as with the hatch and coupe, includes 19-inch five-spoke alloys, a remote key identification system, heated front seats, a Performance steering wheel and a pair of 10.25 in screens. Range Plus trim adds downforce-boosting aero package, multi-beam LED headlights, forged alloy wheels and leather upholstery.

The coupe-cum-wagon is the third AMG model for the company's new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, following the recently revealed A45 hatchback with 4Matic all-wheel drive and CLA's 45 4MATIC sedan.

Development of the first generation block M133, the new M139 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be offered in two tune states.

The UK is offering a more powerful iteration, a range of excellent CIA 45s with 4Matic+ all-wheel drive brake shooting. It develops 39bhp and 18lb ft more than its predecessor in the 415bhp and 369lb ft class.

As with the A45 4Matic all-wheel drive and the CLA 45 4MATIC, drive is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Redesigned with a Haldex-style multi-plate clutch, the all-wheel drive system features a torque control mechanism that uses two clutches to distribute power individually to each rear wheel.

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Changes to the four-wheel-drive system have allowed AMG to give the new model the drift mode feature. It's accessed through a revised dynamic selection system that allows for up to six driving modes, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race.

Mercedes-AMG claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 sec for the CLA 45 4MATIC and brake release and 4.0 sec for the S version. Top speed is artificially limited to 155mph, although customers can opt to raise it to 168mph via an optional driver's package.

The CIA 45 4MATIC and firing brakes adopt the same stylistic changes as the new CLA 45 Sedan with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Included are AMG-specific Panamerican styling, a grille with vertical slats, a larger structured front bumper and wider front fenders housing a wider front track than standard CIA models.

At the rear, the new AMG model adopts a larger spoiler over its tailgate, as well as an updated rear bumper that has an integrated diffuser.

With a trunk opening that's 236mm wider, at 871mm, and 10 liters more boot volume at 505 liters, the new CLA 45 4MATIC and brake shooting are claimed to not only improve performance potential, but increase practicality more than the model it replaces.


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