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America Needs the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

But sadly it won't get it.

On the one hand, we’re thrilled that Mercedes launched the CLA in the first place. Sure it’s front-wheel-drive, but it’s actually affordable for many, and the CLA 45 AMG, though pricier, is an all-wheel-drive, 355 horsepower delight. However, we’ve always felt that its Europe-only platform mate, the A-Class and the A45 AMG, looked better due to its hatchback body style; the rear slope on the CLA just looks off. Fortunately, the CLA Shooting Brake is a nice improvement.

More specifically, the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake was caught testing by our spy photographers with very little camouflage. Like the CLA four-door coupe (read: sedan), the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will come powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four producing 360 horsepower. All of the typical AMG performance bits, such as quad exhaust pipes, big brakes, a lowered suspension, and an aggressive body kit, are present. And, as is often the case with five-doors such as this, Mercedes has no plans to bring the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake to the US. It’s just an utter shame.

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