Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake Spied

When a new Mercedes-Benz debuts, a high-powered AMG variant is rarely far behind. That's the case with the upcoming CLA-Class Shooting Brake, which as these photos reveal, will be followed by a CLA45 AMG model.

We first reported in May 2013 that Mercedes was considering a Shooting Brake version of the standard CLA-Class sedan. Like the larger CLS-Class Shooting Brake, the new model would have an extended roofline that subtly dropped toward a wagon-like liftgate, adding practicality without diluting the car's visual appeal. Our spy photographers caught the Mercedes CLA-Class Shooting Brake testing in December, illustrating how the German automaker would lengthen its creased, highly styled sedan.

This new batch of spy photos confirms that the Affalterbach tuning boffins will work their AMG magic on the Shooting Brake. As seen here, the Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake boasts a new fascia with larger air intakes, enlarged brakes, vertical vents in the rear bumper, a black plastic diffuser panel, and quad exhaust tips.

Mechanically, the Shooting Brake should be identical to the 2014 Mercedes CLA45 AMG sedan that we called, "AMG's most affordable joy ride." Expect a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine rated for 355 hp, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

It's still unknown when the standard Mercedes CLA-Class Shooting Brake will debut, and the CLA45 AMG version will indubitably trail it by several months. Neither car is expected to make it to the U.S. market; the only wagon that Mercedes currently deigns to sell stateside is the E-Class.

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This looks like a pretty shape.  It's too bad that only Volvo knows how to do elegant wagon taillights.

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