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Mercedes has revealed its shooting brake version of its upcoming Affalterbach-tweaked A-Class range, although it’s unlikely it will arrive on Australian shores.
The CLA 35 wagon has bespoke styling over the regular A-Class range, including an elongated bonnet, frameless doors, and its tapered wagon back.
Standard spec on German-delivered cars includes 18-inch alloy wheels, faux-leather ‘Artico’ interior trim, an AMG-specific version of the centre console as well as AMG floor mats, door sills, and sports pedals.
Just like the regular CLA range, the A35 has Benz' 'MBUX' dual 10.25-inch multimedia and instrument cluster screens.
The A35 Shooting Brake is propelled by a 225kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine it shares with the AMG versions of the hatch and sedan, driving all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The A35 Shooting Brake promises 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.9 seconds to an electronically-limited top-speed of 225km/h.
Other performance enhancements include AMG aerodynamic touches to the body, high performance brakes, a multi-mode AMG exhaust system, and extra modes to the stability control system allowing for “higher drift angles”.
The A35 can be optionally improved with ‘AMG Ride Control’ active dampers, which can be set automatically or manually, and an ‘AMG Track Pace’ package adding more sophisticated data logging to the MBUX multimedia system. Naturally, bespoke interiors and three kinds of 19-inch alloy wheel also reside on the options list.
Sadly, Australian small performance wagon enthusiasts are likely to miss out on the action, with Benz’ local division confirming to CarsGuide that the A35 Shooting Brake won’t be available, at least for the launch of the second-generation CLA locally.
The brand had previously confirmed that the rest of the Shooting Brake range were simply too niche to return to our market for this generation, and as it stands there won’t be an exception for the Affalterbach version.