Behold: The Mercedes-AMG CLA35 4Matic Shooting Brake is immediately one of the coolest station wagons on the planet. It packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that offers 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, sending that output to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission—it’s the same powertrain you’ll find in the upcoming A35 AMG sedan and its CLA35 AMG sibling. It can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph, and you can’t have it. Well, you can if you live in Europe, where it is available as an “attractive alternative for young customers who lead an active life with various leisure activities,” according to Mercedes-AMG. As if Americans can’t be young and leisurely.
Sadly, shooting brakes—a.k.a. station wagons, particularly when they have four doors—don’t sell very well in the U.S., where we prefer SUVs and crossovers instead of these more engaging daily drivers. That’s too bad since the new CLA35 Shooting Brake looks great, with its twin-bar grille, chrome-trimmed air intakes, long roof capped at the end by a spoiler, steeply raked yet practical liftgate, and dual exhaust. It all rolls on 18-inch five-spoke wheels as standard; 19s are optional.
The cabin is outfitted with a sporty, flat-bottom AMG steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, sport seats and upholstery in leatherette and microfiber with red stitching, and an instrument panel done in a similar color scheme. There’s also a black headliner, sportier pedal caps, and AMG-branded door sills in brushed stainless steel. The car has five drive modes available via AMG’s Dynamic Select: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, as well as the MBUX infotainment system that can be outfitted with an AMG Track Pace function to keep tabs on your performance at various race circuits. There’s an upgraded suspension and beefier brakes, too, while additional specifics can be gleaned from checking out the A35 AMG. (Just as the A45 and CLA35 AMGs are on their way, we also expect to see A45 and CLA45 models that offer even more power.)
Check out the big, beautiful photo gallery below and be sure to register your complaints about the lack of Shooting Brake in our lives with Mercedes-Benz USA at your earliest convenience.