Mercedes-Benz has big plans for its new front-drive architecture. It's already rolled out the A-Class hatchback, B-Class minivan, GLA crossover and CLA four-door coupe. It's not about to stop there, but according to the latest reports, it won't go that much further, either.

Car and Driver suggests that the next (and potentially last) variant to join the family will be a CLA Shooting Brake, similar to the treatment Benz applied to its up-market counterpart, the CLS. And like the CLS Shooting Brake, unfortunately the long-roofed CLA wouldn't be likely to make it to the North American market, adverse as we tend to be to wagons.

Sadder still is that Mercedes has reportedly scrapped plans for an SLA roadster to spin off of the same platform. Instead, Daimler will roll out a new convertible at the opposite end of the spectrum, spun off of the new S-Class. That clearly won't be targeting the same potential buyers as a entry-level roadster, but will help the Silver Star expand its stable of convertibles by one more.



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      The Friendly Grizzly
      Q: What's the difference between a shooting brake and a station wagon? A: About $50 grand.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a CLA ot hatch?
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is Autoblog, so the obvious answer is: shooting brake, turbo diesel engine, and a manual transmission. There should be at least 1/2 a dozen of us who want and can afford one. LOL.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      The roofline profile, and C pillar on the CLA250 look like they came directly from the Chrysler 200.
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      great so 6 autoblog readers would buy it if it came to Usa. Wagons dont sell especially the ugly ones. Magnum from Dodge and Audi a3 are about the only ones I can think of that look good. Crossovers have now finally achieved mpg and looks to replace the wagon. Shooting breaks look horrid well at least autoblog readers are not designers or would put car manufacturers out of business
      A3TDI
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Honey, please take the Shooting Brake to the store!" Dorky? Mais Oui.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      how bout you change those headlights
      Semislicks
      • 1 Year Ago
      people commenting on Autoblog are just plain stupid. Instead of performance machine they wank over station wagon. How old are you?? 70???
      L1011
      • 1 Year Ago
      I vote option six "Stop using 'shooting brake' because it is a stupid and meaningless term".
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just hope Cadillac and Infiniti don't see this and think, maybe we should make a front driver too. Mercedes needs this because they don't have non-luxury brands available to sell lower priced cars.
        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        Infiniti is already building a hatchback on the A-Class platform.
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        I didnt know smart was a luxury brand ? And even if they dont have an off set brand like chevy or nissan......it doesnt mean start diluting your brand heritage and luxury just to make a bottom line.........mercedes and BMW are going to ruin themselves by doing this.....they just dont see it yet...
      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't matter since we won't be getting the shooting brake anyways.
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the red CLA without the sport package looks better than the silver one in the pictures, the front bumper is just cleaner looking and it doesn\'t need the side skirts either.
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