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Well, well, well. What do we have here? On the same day Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) launched the C 63 S, it decided to surprise us with this.

Thanks to these photos sent in to us by bmw.m.believer, what you see here is the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake, specifically, the CLA 250 Shooting Brake 4Matic. We imagined that MBM would have at some point want to introduce this here, but it has done extremely well at keeping this one under wraps, thus far. Keep in mind though, this isn’t a local launch event – it’s just a preview to a special group of people.

The term “Shooting Brake” of course refers to the car’s estate body style, of which you may recognise this particular vehicle as a sort of baby version of the CLS-Class Shooting Brake. A model that MBM doesn’t officially sell here, but can be spotted on the road occasionally, courtesy of several grey market importers.

Back to the car at hand, and it’s clear to see MBM is open to offering a more powerful engine for the estate version of the CLA-Class – remember that the CLA 200 Coupe is equipped with just the 156 hp/250 Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.

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This particular CLA 250 features a more powerful mill that delivers 211 hp/ 350 Nm of torque – it’s the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine we know from the A 250 Sport sold in Malaysia. The four-pot is paired with a 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sends power to all four wheels via a 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

It also looks like the local-spec CLA 250 Shooting Brake MBM is planning for is equipped with the more athletic AMG Sport line exterior and interior kit, and a Night Package exterior kit to match. On the outside, AMG body-styling begins with the AMG-specific front bumper, while a Mercedes-Benz diamond front-grille is apparent, just like it is on the CLA 200 Coupe and the A 250 Sport hatchback.

The Night Package adorns a black finish to the Shooting Brake’s front diamond grille, wing mirror covers and trims surrounding the windows. The wheels on this car are unique to it in the brand’s local compact car line-up, being an AMG multi-spoke 18-inch type.

Inside, the cabin largely resembles that of the CLA 200 Coupe, but the AMG Sport line package dresses it up with more sporty trim details: red stitching, AMG carbon-fibre dashboard trim, AMG sports dials and more. Do remember also that MBM has recently updated its CLA 200 with a larger, 8.0 inch free-standing display screen, a new steering wheel, and the carbon trim on the dash – additions that are also seen here.

As for prices, we’ve been informed by our kind photo supplier that the CLA 250 Shooting Brake is estimated to cost in the region of RM300,000, and that there will only be 10 units of the car available for sale in Malaysia! It’s significantly higher than RM233,888 commanded by the CLA 200 Coupe, but do keep in mind that not only do you get a more practical and stylish body style, but also a more powerful engine, and Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

What about the RM236,888 GLA 200 and RM266,888 GLA 250 4Matic then? How do you think the CLA 250 Shooting Brake would fair?

We’ll be back with clearer pictures of the car, and more details, soon.


International-market Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake