The new Mercedes-Benz GLA was recently launched online via Facebook Live. The new GLA is the eighth model to join the line-up and rounds off the current Modular Front Architecture (MFA) from Mercedes-Benz. It represents the entry level into Mercedes-Benz successful family of SUV models.
The new GLA combines the best from the two high-volume segments, the compact cars and the SUVs. It carries Mercedes-Benz’ signature SUV design and trailblazing technologies as a true demonstration of modern luxury.
Sporty from every perspective
As a compact SUV, it fits perfectly in a young and sporty lifestyle. The new GLA is greatly improved as compared to its predecessor. The character has been significantly reinforced compared with the previous model. The height of the new GLA, at 1611 millimeters (1616 with roof rails), exceeds that of its predecessor by more than ten centimeters.
The GLA 200 AMG Line boasts attractive sporty appearance both inside and out. In particular, the AMG Body Styling comes with a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, 19inch 5 twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, black roof liner and polished aluminium roof rails. The side and rear views are characterized by the muscular shoulders of the vehicle. In addition, the new generation multifunction sports steering wheel in Nappa leather stands for exquisite look and feel of the new GLA.
Fit more in. Fit in more.
Despite it smaller stature, the GLA maximized its space through extensive design. The seating position for both the driver and the front passenger is higher and more upright than in the predecessor model, and thus more typical of an SUV.
The new GLA offers a more spacious interior with seats that are incredibly comfortable. The rear seat backrest is 40:20:40 split, with each section folding down individually. This allows better space management for cargo loading and gives passengers a more configurable seating position for greater overall comfort.
Comfortable loading is also seen with low boot sill. Its luggage compartment height can be adjusted in 2 stages, thanks to a continuous luggage compartment floor console, it enables even better use of the available space.
MBUX: a new era of connectivity
Enjoying the solitude and sharing it with everyone at the same time is possible with modern connectivity services. It is equipped with Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). The MBUX multimedia system comes with 7-inch instrument and media display and has its own intelligent voice assistant which is activated with the code word “Hey Mercedes”.
Smartphones can be connected as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are standard, and the system supports the major applications and selected apps including navigation.
Another highlight is the comprehensive touch operation concept – the combination of a touchscreen, touchpad on the center console and touch control buttons in the steering wheel. In addition to the intuitive operating experience, less driver distraction is another advantage.
The GLA is always ready for anything that is thrown it’s way. The new GLA is agile and easy to maneuver. Turbo power and a solid stance make it quick on its feet and confident in your hands.
The GLA 200 AMG Line only has one engine option, although it has enough power for daily commuting or longer excursions. The turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine produces 163 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. It comes paired with a 7G dual-clutch automatic transmission with cruise control and standard with front-wheel drive. With DYNAMIC SELECT, one console control calls up a range of performance profiles such as ”ECO”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, and Individual.
It also has ECO Start/Stop system that automatically shuts off the engine when you’re at stoplights or idling. This system helps save on fuel and reduces emissions. Once you lift your foot off the brake, the engine starts back up immediately. However, if you don’t want to use this feature, you can easily disable it.
GLA Safety: feel at ease
The new GLA makes a further step in terms of safety courtesy of its driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive combines safety and convenience innovations. With these intelligent systems, Mercedes-Benz is not only setting standards in automotive engineering, but is also taking another important step forward on the road to accident-free driving. This therefore allows the driver to experience a new dimension of safety, convenience and stress relief.
The GLA is able to react when the driver doesn’t. Active Brake Assist is charged in many situations with applying autonomous braking to avoid a collision or to reduce its severity. The ATTENTION ASSIST with adjustable sensitivity can warn the driver on detecting the typical signs of inattentiveness or drowsiness.
Moreover, the GLA 200 AMG Line is loaded with Light and Sight Package that provides added interior value appeal and optimum visibility in the vehicle. It comprises functional comfort- and safety-enhancing lighting. Parking is made easy with Parking Package consists of Active Parking Assist with reversing camera, providing support when parking and manoeuvring. Tire Pressure Loss Warning System monitors the inflation pressure of all four tires while driving.
The new GLA represents an exciting moment for Mercedes-Benz most popular compact SUV. Sporty, modern, agile, and practical, and has remained a firm favourite for those who love sleek styling of an SUV but prefer a compact vehicle.