Pricing and specification details for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV have appeared on the firm's local website. Herewith the details…
The first generation GLA racked up over a million sales worldwide and now the second generation looks 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 but 17-inch wheels are standard. 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 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A combination of Artico leather and black Tandel fabric is standard, as is a carbon-fibre trim finish.
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.
A range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains are offered on the GLA depending on the market but from launch South Africa will get a petrol and diesel engine. 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. A 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine will power the GLA 200d and it offers 110 kW and 350 Nm in conjunction with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Claimed fuel consumption drops to arounf 4.9 L/100km for this variant.
The performance range will feature 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. Then there's the even more mental GLA 45 4Matic which has a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder motor producing 310 kW and 500 Nm, and it's capable of hitting 100 kph in a claimed 4.3 seconds.
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.
Mercedes-Benz GLA: Price in South Africa
Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 - R579 518
Mercedes-Benz GLA 200d - R610 645