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We give BMW a whole lot of grief for its niche-exploiting ways. Check our report on the rumored X2 to see what we mean. But in reality, Mercedes-Benz is very nearly as guilty. The latest batch of evidence supporting the argument is this, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

See, Mercedes already makes the A-Class, a five-door hatch that rides on the same platform as the CLA. It also makes the GLA, a five-door crossover. Quod erat demonstrandum, there's no reason to make a five-door hatch based on the CLA, even if it is this darn pretty. Much like we'd rather have a CLS Shooting Brake than an E-Class Wagon, the long, swooping roof does the already attractive CLA plenty of favors, particularly in AMG guise.

Outside of the longer, slinkier roofline, that AMG powertrain should remain intact, with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder dispatching around 360 horsepower to a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Past the powertrain, there are the normal AMG calling cards, including the multi-spokes wheels and aggressive body kit, complete with some noticeable vents in the front fascia. The tail hides a subtle set of quad exhausts, while the rear bumper has grown vents.

As with the larger CLS Shooting Brake, we shouldn't count on seeing the five-door CLA on US shores. What do you think about this one? Should Mercedes be selling a proper hot hatch in the US, rather than just a hot sedan, or are you happy just having a four-door CLA?


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      ctsmith1066
      • 10 Months Ago
      Can't we just get the A Class and B Class?
      cbamft
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not a shooting brake. AB you're 2 for 2 on calling MB wagons shooting brakes. Yes, I may be "obsessively covering" your articles, but hey, is there any other way to follow automotive journalism?
      CruzControl
      • 10 Months Ago
      At least when Mercedes creates a category, its on point. Case in point...this AMG wagen. I've never wanted to own a BMW 335i GT wagon/hatch.
        timber
        • 10 Months Ago
        @CruzControl
        How would you think about a BMW 335i Touring (the name BMW gives to wagons)?
          akitadog
          • 10 Months Ago
          @timber
          That would be so much more appealing, be so much more useful, and look so much better. Give it a stick, don't force AWD onto me, and I'll sell my kids to get one.
      Eggmania
      • 10 Months Ago
      if this is a shooting brake, than whats a wagon/estate?
      Max Deranged Max
      • 10 Months Ago
      SUBARU IMPREZA COMPACT WAGON
      Greg
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's not a shooting brake you half-wit. Stop trying to make "shooting brake" happen.
      Rochester
      • 10 Months Ago
      The phrase "Shooting Brake" is way-y-y-y over used by automotive journalists. This thing here is just a wagon, or a glorified hatchback. Whatever you call it, there's something really unappealing going on. Sorry, Merc. Don't do this.
      sloturbo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Brandon Turkus, please know that a Shooting Brake has 3 doors, not 5. MB is just trying to get you to not to use the word "station wagon"
      JSH
      • 10 Months Ago
      Of course there is a reason for this car. The A Class is a hatch The CLA is a sedan This concept is a wagon The GLA is a SUV Wagons are for people that want the utility of a SUV without the unnecessary increase in ride height.
        neilyadig
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JSH
        Wagons are for people that want the utility of a SUV without the unnecessary increase in ride height. *DING DING DING* CORRECT!
          Greg
          • 10 Months Ago
          @neilyadig
          With rise in popularity of CUVs around the world, it appears most people, not just Americans, value higher ride height, not lower. They buy what they can afford, given taxes & efficiency. That's what turns them to wagons, not because of any sort of purity or such nonsense.
          CadiVetteFerrari
          • 10 Months Ago
          @neilyadig
          Almost correct. Not all SUVs are truly off-road capable in the vein of a Jeep or Land Rover, for instance. But I'm not sure an estate would be my first choice, if I'm looking for a vehicle that can go off-road -- nevermind -- nevermind the ride height advantage. One might say that the majority of SUV drivers barely use what it was originally designed for and that's a fair statement. However, people in the United States love their SUVs and trucks and I don't see the love affair changing any time soon.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 10 Months Ago
      Autoblog. THIS is a Shooting Brake. http://www.weetstraw.com/assets/images/collections/97/shooting-brake-volvo-p1800es-1.jpg
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 10 Months Ago
      I really hate the "sagging butt" Mercedes is putting on vehicles.
      rolle
      • 10 Months Ago
      I've a very poor opinion of German car manufacturers marketing in general (only MB has surprised me lately). Whether it's BMW, MB, or Audi, they routinely and predictably delete some of their most attractive models from the US lineup. I must live in a slightly different universe than what inhabits the Teutonic mind, but I just don't grasp why then think the majority of US consumers DON'T want these other vehicles.
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