Mercedes-Benz has revealed it’s next compact version GLA. The all-new eighth-gen model is introduced with many exciting changes in features as well as designing. The company has launched the first GLA five years back and since then it has been on-demand with sales of almost a million units internationally. The new model is based on the A-class. It is loaded with new technology and feature-packed interior.
The all-new GLA is ready to give a tough competition to the popularity of the BMW X2. The company is also expected to introduce the AMG version along with the launch of GLA. Although, plug-in hybrid and electric versions are still being planned. The car is built in a stong frame highlighting short overhangs. The front division rums smoothly on the A-pillar to the greenhouse flaunted with borders on the side windows.
The changes on the front include the radiator grille which comes with new openings and a middle star. The car looks husky from the side as well as back with powerful joints. The door joins above the sills which enhance the safety, as well as the frames, are dust-resistance. It is developed with dual underride guard and overall protective cladding adds composition which makes the vehicle suitable for off-roading drives.
The next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLA is outfitted with plastic cladding on the wheel arches and bumpers. The company offers the car with wheels differing from 17-inch to 20-inch. In terms of dimension, the vehicle is 4,410mm in length, 2,020mm in width and 1,611mm in height. The car is based on the Mercedes’ MFA platform that offers a distinct engine mounting and 2,729mm wheelbase.
Moving inside the cabin, we notice a luxurious and decorated interior with new features and comfortable seats. The dash is equipped with a free-standing digital display panel flaunting dual 7.0-inch screens for the instruments and infotainment functions powered by Mercedes’ MBUX operating system which supports touchpad and voice control. It also gets a widescreen version os two 10.3-inch screens as an option and colour head-up display.
Compared to the A-Class, the crossover is fitted with higher front seats by about 140mm, 22mm higher headroom and 116mm more leg space. The rear passenger seats can be adjusted to a more steeper angle which offers more boot space of 435 litres. The boot aperture further extended by 85mm which now is 1,272mm. Inspired by the Mk2 MFA compact models, it features McPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam or multi-link arrangement at the rear.
The luxury carmaker provides the four-wheel-drive versions with an off-road kit as well which includes off-road headlight feature and a new off-road driving mode ‘Downhill Speed Regulation’. As planned by the carmaker, GLA will be introduced as a front-wheel-drive GLA 200, powered by a 163hp, 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, and the four-wheel-drive Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, fitted with a 306hp, 2.0-litre turbocharged motor.
The GLA 200 engine is combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, that claims 0-100kph in 8.7sec and a top speed of 211kph. The company will announce a new version later with a 218hp 1.3-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid names as the GLA 250e EQ Power. It will run on a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery with an electric-only range of almost 64km.
The upcoming GLA will be introduced officially in mid of 2020 and deliveries are assumed to be commenced by December 2020. Mercedes-Benz India is working on some exciting products which are on its way. The upcoming models include A-class sedan, GLE and GLS. The new GLA will rival against the likes of BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 in India.
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