Hours after being teased in a video, Mercedes has revealed the brand-new GLA.
Mercedes new compact family has a new addition. The GLA joins the A-Class, B-Class and CLA as the fourth model to ride on the new front/all-wheel drive MFA platform, fitting in nicely with its siblings’ styling. Our initial impression of the German carmaker’s first ever compact SUV is that it means business with the taught, aerodynamic looks and premium-build quality to make Range Rover Evoque buyers think twice. It stands 61mm taller, 24mm wider and 125mm longer than the A-Class on which it’s based, with 80 liters more boot space.
Plastic sills and wheel arches will remind drivers of its off-roading credentials, which are backed up by Mercedes’s 4Matic AWD system and a special off-road mode to aid traction on slippery surfaces. Four Engine options will be split equally between gasoline and diesel units mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto or six-speed manual. FWD models get a 154-hp 1.6-liter gasoline in the GLA200, and a 134hp 1.8-liter turbodiesel in the GLA200 CDI. Buyers of the AWD model will choose between a 168hp 2.1-liter tubodiesel in the GLA220 CDI and 208hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit in the GLA250 that can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
The five-seat cabin mimics that of its MFA counterparts, and the GLA comes with a host of safety and infotainment features that help keep drivers alert and provide autonomous braking at high speed as well as keeping them well connected to the web. Look out for the new GLA in Frankfurt where it will be officially unveiled before going on sale in the US next fall.