2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake brings pace and space

Mercedes-AMG is continuing to expand its performance line-up with the introduction of the new CLA 35 Shooting Brake.

Like the hatch, its more practical sibling is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 225kW and 400Nm of torque. It drives all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which enables the fast wagon to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

To match its uprated engine, the entry-level AMG comes with a unique front grille, sportier front bumper with front splitter, chunkier side skirts, a roof mounted rear spoiler, unique rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and aerodynamically optimised 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels.

Those wanting to customise their ride even further can opt for the AMG Night Package and AMG Aerodynamics Package, the latter bringing a new front splitter and flics near the air intakes, along with a gloss black spoiler. A set of 19-inch wheels in gloss black or matte black finish is also on offer.

Inside, the cabin is largely carried over from the CLA 35 and features two-tone upholstery, high-gloss black trim and metallic accents. There are also stainless steel pedals, AMG floor mats and AMG-specific display on the MBUX infotainment system.

On the technical front, engineers have installed a plate underneath the engine to increase torsional rigidity, as well as two additional front braces that help reduce torsion and increase stiffness.

Elsewhere, the A35 Shooting Brake is equipped with a retuned suspension with AMG-specific front steering knuckle and aluminium components to reduce unsprung mass, while the electro-mechanical sports steering system is also new.

Stopping power comes courtesy of a high-performance braking system consisting of 350mm front discs clamped by four-piston fixed calipers.

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