Mercedes’ performance arm AMG has unveiled the long-roofed wagon sibling to the CLA 35 liftback: the (inhales) CLA 35 Shooting Brake 4MATIC.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.0-litre ‘M260’ turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the A35 hatch, A35 sedan and four-door CLA 35. Producing 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque, it drives all four wheels through a front-biased 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with launch control and wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The hot wagon can sprint from zero to 100km/h in a spritely 4.9 seconds, towards an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel use is rated at 7.4-7.5 litres per 100 kilometres depending on wheel size.
Under the skin, standard performance features include additional chassis bracing under the engine, along with 350mm front brakes with four-piston calipers, 330mm rear brakes with single-piston calipers, adaptive dampers, active exhaust, variable electric power steering and five drive modes: Smoothness, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
Visually, the 35 differs from standard Shooting Brake models through its sportier bumpers, AMG grille, side skirts, standard 18-inch wheels (19s are optional), dual exhaust tips, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler.
Inside, it’s pretty similar to the other 35-badged AMG models, with the same dual 10.25-inch touchscreens mounted on the dash. These screens run Mercedes’ MBUX operating system, which includes an AMG Track Pace app that monitors lap times, deltas and other performance stats. Other interior elements include ARTICO leatherette & microfibre sports seats with red stitching, black trim, aluminium pedals and an AMG sports steering wheel.
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake launches in Europe later this year.