The 2016 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake

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Is the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake the most exciting wagon right now? Could be. Knowing its specs is a good way to decide. But, as expected, Mercedes AMG made a wonderful job delivering an incredible new model. It could be pricey, but we are sure it worth it.

The ‘Shooting Brake’ badge is widely known for being the fancy term for a high-performance wagon, at least in Mercedes-Benz nomenclature. This time, the combination between it and the AMG spirit is more than appealing.

Let’s check out the details about this beautifully-crafted “wagon”.

Engine and Main Specs

Making a different among most of the actual Mercedes AMG models, the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake packs a 2.0 L inline-4 highly optimized, producing 381 hp at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 350 lb-ft at 2250 RPM.

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This is the exact same engine on the base model and related, The CLA45 AMG and the A45 AMG. With its actual specs, this powerhouse became the most powerful 4-cylinder engine onboard of a production vehicle.

Working hand by hand with this record-breaking motor, there is a 7-speed AMG SpeedShift DCT automatic transmission, which represents the best of the best in its segment. The all-wheel-drive setup on the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake is focused on high-performance behavior, as well the three-stage Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Along the last tech mentioned, there is a complex and highly efficient Curve Dynamic Assist, which enhance the driving experience.

The entire suspension is deeply tuned to provide a top-notch handling capacity, even at high speed. Maximum stopping capacity is possible thanks to massive cross-drilled, vented discs with cutting-edge calipers.

In performance numbers, we know that the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake goes from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in an estimated of 4.1 seconds. The top speed goes up 155 mph (249 km/h), probably electronically limited.

Unique Design

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Most changes are found at the rear side, where the ordinary sedans became a wagon. The long roofline is one of the most noticeable features over the base model. But, the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake design also develop greater aerodynamic effectiveness. Isn’t only about looks and spacious interior.

A diffuser-like element is found between two rectangular exhaust outlets. This diffuser component is really lightweight and is painted in black. The exact same front fascia of the base model is found, but this is appreciated, mainly due its awesome form.

The maker is also offering a great variety of packages. Among them we can find the AMG Night and the AMG Exclusive. These and other options can bring to the 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake many interesting details, as 19-inch matte black wheels and carbon fiber mirror housing.

Besides the mentioned packages, there is a limited OrangeArt edition, which adds many more visual features, mainly in terms of color decoration.

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The interior is all about exciting performance and fun on the track. Paddle shifters are an important element of that. You can feel AMG’s presence inside the cockpit. Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber are upholstering the truly comfortable seats.

Red details between gray-scaled decorations are the perfect touch for the interior elements. In the matter of tech and toys, there are plenty. One that highlights is the AMG Start-Up touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, which is offered as standard.

The Bottom Line

Yes. It is pricey. Or at least, for being a wagon.

People at Mercedes AMG can feel insulted. This isn’t a common wagon. The 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake is a high-performance wagon, built with premium materials and cutting-edge technology. That’s better.

The estimated price tag for the basic model is around US$52.500.

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