Mercedes starts production of the new CLA Shooting Brake in Hungary

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Mercedes announced the start of production for the CLA Shooting Brake, which is built at the Kecskemet plant, in Hungary. Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation CLA at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The compact model developed by the German manufacturer is slightly larger than the one it replaced, features A-Class and CLS design elements, while the interior is modern and full of state-of-the-art technology. The new Shooting Brake is by 48 mm longer than the model it replaces, by 53 mm wider and it stands 2 mm closer to the ground. The boot provides a volume of 505 liters.

The Shooting Brake will receive the engine range of the coupe. At the top of the range, there will be the CLA 250 with 225 CP and 350 Nm and the 7G-DCT automatic transmission. Recently, just like all the other CLA family members, the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake got the mild Mercedes-AMG 35 treatment. This translates to 306 hp and standard all-wheel drive, coupled to a sporty outfit.

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Inside, the Germans have prepared the MBUX infotainment system that will communicate with the occupants via a 10.25 inch diagonal touch screen. The digital instrument cluster will also be available in 10.25-inch format. The steering wheel of the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake also integrates two tactile areas through which customers can control the on-board instrumentation and infotainment system.

The CLA Coupe entered production a few months ago, and the Germans have now announced the start of production for the CLA Shooting Brake. Both versions are built exclusively at Kecskemet, the plant in Hungary hosting the production of the new generation A-Class in May 2018.

The new Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has its commercial debut scheduled for September this year. Since the introduction of the first generation CLA on the market, Mercedes has sold 750,000 CLA Coupe and CLA Shooting Brake units.