Don’t call it a wagon or a 5-door crossover, because this combines the best features of both. Earlier this morning the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake was unveiled. It is the 5th model in the A-Class lineup, and it packs a punch. The 2.0L turbo four sends 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to all wheels.
The 4MATIC system can send all the power where it is needed at an instant. To keep the turbo spinning, engineers shortened the gear ratios inside the 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It would be fun to have to have a pure RWD experience, but only 50% of torque can be sent rearward. Although they see it as a benefit, the ignition pauses for a split second during shifts to prevent wear on the clutches.
Despite these compromises, the Shooting Brake will be popular thanks to the styling and versatility. The longer roof adds stiffness to the rear chassis, and it offers more cargo room for family outings. Because the rear is stronger than the sedan, engineers also added a shear plate and chassis braces to the front suspension.
The result is a comfortable ride with incredible handling. The press release didn’t mention if it would be sold in the U.S., so our dealers can answer that question for you. Click the link below to find a CLA near you and stay with us for all your Mercedes-AMG news.