New Mercedes-Benz GLA Revealed

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A new GLA compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz has been revealed. Herewith the details…

The first generation GLA racked up over a million sales worldwide and now the second generation has arrived to take on its rivals in the premium compact SUV segment. 

Mercedes-Benz says that front headroom has increased as the GLA now stands some 10 cm higher than the outgoing model. More than this, rear legroom is also claimed to be more generous even though the GLA measures 1.5 cm shorter than before. The wheelbase has grown by 3 cm.  

The GLA rides on alloy wheels up to 20-inches in size and features key design features such as power domes in the bonnet, a single-louvre grille with a central star and all-round protective cladding for rugged appeal. Note that AMG versions wear the Panamericana grille.  

A nice place to be... The new GLA will arrive in South Africa in Q2 of 2019. 

Highlights in the interior include free-standing displays of various sizes including two 7-inch displays, a 7-inch and 10.25-inch display and the widescreen display which offers two 10.25-inch displays. The latest MBUX infotainment system is included as standard.   

Apart from increases in legroom and headroom, boot space has grown too and the rear seats can be adjusted by up to 14 cm and can split in a 40:20:40 configuration. 

Driving assistance systems have also been enhanced in the new GLA and if you opt for the optional Driving Assistance Package, features include turning manoeuvre function, emergency corridor function, exit warning, pedestrian warning, Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steer Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, route-based speed adjustment, evasive steering assist, active lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot assist, active brake assist, traffic sign assist and pre-safe plus which detects a potential rear impact.   

Engine Choices

A range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains are offered on the GLA depending on the market but the 2 engines below are expected in South Africa. The GLA range starts with the GLA200 which is now powered by a 1.3-litre turbopetrol engine with 120 kW (5 kW more than the previous 1.6-litre unit) and 250 NM of torque and comes mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.9 L/100 km. 

The range is topped with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic which makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Power is directed to all four wheels using an 8-speed dual-clutch AMG speedshift transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 7.5 L/100km. This derivative will sprint from zero to 100 kph in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 250 kph. 

All 4Matic versions come equipped with an Offroad Engineering Package as standard which includes features such as Multibeam LED headlights, an extra drive mode for offroading and downhill speed regulation. 

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been confirmed to arrive in South Africa in Q2 of 2020 and local specification and pricing details will be confirmed closer to its local arrival. 

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