by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

REPORT: The CLA Shooting Brake gets the green light for production

The CLS Shooting Brake (X 218) will spawn a new model by 2014. Its little brother, the compact four-door coupe CLA, will also receive a five-door coupe treatment next year, when the anticipated X 117 model series will enter the serial production, according to Mercedes-Benz officials.

Prof. Gorden Wagener, head of the design department, has recently signaled the forthcoming CLA Shooting Brake has received the approval of the management board and will enter development phase very soon. First test prototypes should be out by June or July, as the official premiere of the vehicle is set to take place in late spring 2014. This will be the fifth addition to the new premium compact car generation, alongside the A-Class, CLA-Class four-door coupe, the new GLA SUV/crossover and the B-Class.

Both the Coupe and the Shooting Brake will share identical styling up to the A-pillar. Onwards, the X 117 model will showcase the beautiful dropping roofline seen on the CLS Shooting Brake which integrates the trunk hood to create the dynamic wagon shape. The new addition to the compact lineup already proves the success of the X 218 and could build up some impressive sales volumes after the launch. Anyway, the purchase price for the standard equipment, entry-level model should not exceed 35,000 euros in Europe.

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