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Mercs of unknown origin all over Kecskemét

Spy photos of the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

26/08/2014 10:16 | Comments: 

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Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, totalcar.hu. Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

Three respectable readers have sent us photos of the same phenomena: a so far unreleased Mercedes model being tested all around the Hungarian city of Kecskemét.

We’ve seen it happen to the Mercedes B-class: pre-series/pre-production cars were being spotted all around Kecskemét, long before the model was launched. At some point as many as six masked cars were seen driving around town simultaneously.

The cars spotted more recently could be masked prototypes of the Mercedes CLA which is expected to be launched in a few weeks’ time at one of the autumn motor shows. So far we haven’t even been allowed a glimpse of the sketches, but the spy pictures give a pretty clear picture of what to expect. Mercedes-Benz obviously tried to recreate the style of the CLS Shooting Brake on a smaller, FWD model in order to retain the dynamic character of the original four-door. From a technical point of view, though, the set-up of the rear suspension might be the only difference.

The CLA Shooting Brake is probably the last in line of the new FDW Mercs as only five body types had been announced, four of which – the A, the B, the CLA and the GLA – have been made available so far. There had been talk of releasing a two-door coupé or a convertible variant as well, but it’s highly unlikely those would be worth producing.

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