Mercedes-Benz Releases Automotive Rorschach Test

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

The collective distaste for the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA is known among the B&B and the wider automotive world – but now, Mercedes has dropped a collective bomb on the psyche of enthusiasts everywhere.

A reflexive love of all things station wagon/shooting brake pervades the gearhead mentality. Will they accept a station wagon version of the Mercedes CLA? Mechanically, it’s identical to the standard car, and the sloping roofline might even make it less practical than the GLA in terms of cargo hauling ability. But it’s suitably obscure enough to send a tingle through the loins of the kind of enthusiast that professes their adoration for the wagon, but fails to buy them when they are released for sale on our shores.

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  • Kosmo Kosmo on Nov 26, 2014

    I don't know, this car MIGHT look better in a color like dark grey, but as it stands, I'd pass. I'd have bought the previous AMG C-Wagon in an instant if it had been available here. It just looked better.

  • Motormouth Motormouth on Nov 28, 2014

    Does no one see what they're doing? The CLS sedan and wagon were hits, so the same design language has been applied to the CLA (and related) in a common stick-with-past-success German design school (led by our friends at VW). Problem is, the design doesn't work on the shorter wheelbase and just looks frumpy. Yay. It'll sell like hotcakes. (Frumpy: technical term)

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