Forbidden fruit: Mercedes-Benz preparing CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it is in the final stages of developing a shooting brake variant of the entry-level CLA-Class.

When viewed from the outside, the CLA Shooting Brake will be identical to the regular CLA sedan from the tip of the front bumper to the B-pillar. Beyond that, the wagon will gain a gently sloping roof line and a sleek rear end that will be noticeably inspired by the larger, rear-wheel drive CLS Shooting Brake.

A large hatch will make loading and unloading bulky items a breeze. The wagon will evidently boast noticeably more cargo space than its sedan counterpart but the rest of the cockpit will carry over unchanged.

In Europe, power for the CLA Shooting Brake will come from a wide variety of diesel- and gasoline-burning turbocharged four-cylinder engines whose outputs will range from 109 to 201 horsepower. A range-topping AMG-badged model will arrive later in the production run with the same 360-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four that is found under the hood of the CLA45  AMG and the GLA45 AMG crossover.

Industry rumors indicate the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will greet the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show that will open its doors next October and go on sale early next year. Like the CLS Shooting Brake that inspired it, the family-friendly CLA will exclusively be offered to buyers on the Old Continent and Mercedes has no plans to offer the car in the United States.