Report: Mercedes-Benz Planning CLC Shooting Brake Spin-Off

Mercedes-Benz’s new CLC — a small, “four-door coupe” offering patterned after the larger CLS — has yet to make a public debut, but we’re already hearing rumblings that the automaker is planning on at least one spin-off: a shooting brake.

Automotive News claims Daimler’s top brass — including Dieter Zetsche himself — have signed off on the so-called CLC shooting brake. While that nomenclature typically refers to a three-door wagon, the CLC is expected to sport five, much like the larger CLS shooting brake model that’s due to launch next year.

While the CLC shooting brake will adopt the same architecture found beneath the next-generation A- and B-Class subcompact models. While some believe the car will directly compete against the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and the upcoming BMW 3-Series GT, we believe the CLC will be a little smaller than either of those models. That said, Mercedes’ five-door lineup will likely resemble its competitors, with models sized for small and large sedan segments.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the CLC shooting brake looks much like the CLS Shooting Brake concept from the A-pillars back, and share everything forward of the front doors with its sedan sibling. As previously reported, the CLC will feature a new line of direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engines. In Europe, expect displacement to run between 1.6 and 2.0 liters, and produce between 121 and 207 horsepower. Front-wheel-drive will be standard, and all-wheel-drive will likely be optional.

Source: Automotive News