Mercedes-Benz has announced the CLA Shooting Brake will be introduced next year.

Mercedes-Benz has announced the CLA Shooting Brake will be introduced next year.

We were hoping Mercedes-Benz would show us the CLA SB soon as numerous prototypes wearing very little camouflage have been caught testing in the last few months. However, that won't happen as the more practical yet still stylish CLA will be out in 2015 and will be the fourth member of the A-Class range after the hatchback, sedan and crossover.

Essentially a downsized CLS Shooting Brake in terms of design, the stylish CLA estate will also receive an AMG version but that will happen several months after the standard model's launch. An online reveal of the CLA Shooting Brake will likely occur before the end of the year, with sales programmed to kick off in the first months of 2015.

Engine lineup will mirror the rest of the A-Class, including the AMG models with their 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline motor delivering 360 PS (265 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque sent to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. This hardware arrangement should grant the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in around 4.7 or 4.8 seconds since the slightly lighter CLA 45 AMG does it in 4.6 seconds.

Expect the CLA Shooting Brake versions to be a tad more expensive than the equivalent CLA.

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