The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake has been spied testing on numerous occasions in the past and now reports have surfaced indicating the car will go on sale from January 15 next year.

Not too long ago, the German automaker confirmed that it would launch the CLA Shooting Brake sometime in 2015. Consequently, it can be reasonably assumed that the car will debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 in early January. Deliveries will then kick off on March 1.

When the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake launches, it will be the fifth model from the A-Class family alongside the A-Class, CLA sedan, GLA and B-Class.

Visually, the CLA Shooting Brake will essentially be identical to the sedan with the obvious exception of the redesigned rear end.

Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engines as the standard CLA-Class. These include a 1.5-liter diesel with 109 hp, 1.8-litre diesel with 136 hp, 2.1-litre diesel with 170 hp, 1.6-litre petrol delivering either 122 hp or 156 hp and a 2.0-litre petrol pumping out 211 hp. Additionally, a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake will be available and was spied testing a couple of months ago.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is, mechanically, almost identical to the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG which received its official launch around the same time. Both cars feature the new 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder and both produce a substantial 360 hp peak power figure. We expect no major mechanical differences in the Shooting Brake.

[Via Mercedes-Benz Passion, Picture via Carscoops]

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