Mercedes GLA35 AMG

AMG version of the sleek four-door GLA crossover



Introduction

The 35 Series, with its focus on exclusivity and performance, is the entry level to the Mercedes-AMG range. There are already AMG 35 versions of the A-class, the CLA and the seven-seater GLB. Now, rounding off the selection is an AMG version of the GLA, a sporty SUV with the performance to match its dramatic looks.

Safety

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC has all the safety systems of the standard GLA, such as Active Brake Assist that can intervene and brake to avoid a collision or to reduce its severity. Engineering features that are unique to the AMG GLA 35 include a reinforced bodyshell for greater torsional rigidity and uprated brakes; the front has 4-piston monoblock fixed callipers and 350-millimetre brake discs while the rear axle is fitted with 1-piston sliding callipers that clamp 330-millimetre brake discs.

Technology

All versions of the GLA, whether AMG-badged or not, feature the intuitive and acclaimed MBUX infotainment system with natural voice control and touchpad. The Mercedes-AMG 35 4MATIC has full dual wide-screen 10.3-inch displays, stretching across the fascia in one smooth sweep of glass. AMG-specific features include a choice of three AMG display styles, Classic, Sport and Supersport, with the latter display featuring a large central rev counter. Other AMG data displays include Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data. Track fanatics may also wish to specify the optional, personal racing engineer AMG Track Pace, which is integrated into the MBUX system and can help to analyse and improve driving skills.

Performance

AMG’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger for faster throttle response and powers all four wheels via an AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission. Performance is all you’d expect of the revered AMG badge; with a power output of 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, 0-62mph in the GLA 35 4MATIC takes just 5.1 seconds. The 4-MATIC all-wheel drive system apportions torque to the wheels most in need of it, from front-drive only to a 50:50 front/rear split. There are five Dynamic Select drive programs, ranging from Slippery and Comfort to Sport, Sport + and Individual. 

Design

The GLA has the stance of an SUV, the cabin space of a family hatchback and the smooth style of a crossover coupé. To distinguish the potent Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC from other versions, there’s an AMG-specific radiator grille plus the choice of silver or high-gloss black trim on the outer air inlets and the front splitter. Its wheels are 19-inch 5-twin-spoke alloys in Tantalum grey, while the rear features a tailgate spoiler plus a new rear diffuser with twin round exhaust tailpipes.


The optional AMG Night package includes high-gloss black brightware in place of chrome, dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes. Inside, the GLA 35 is upholstered in Artico man-made leather with Dinamica microfibre in black, with contrasting topstitching in red and red seat belts. The multifunction flat-bottomed sports steering wheel in Nappa leather is clad in perforated leather in the grip area with red contrasting topstitching. Cabin trim is carbon fibre and the air vents are ringed in red. 

Release Date

The release date of the new Mercedes GLA35 AMG is yet to be released however the standard new GLA has been announced for a release date of spring 2020 with customer deliveries starting shorty thereafter. To find out more about keep up-to-date with the latest information please contact your nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Verdict

AMG adds a touch of Tabasco to an already tasty vehicle, packing 306hp, all-wheel drive and a host of dynamic technologies beneath the sleek lines of the GLA. Not many SUVs could seriously be driven on a track day, but this one can. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC drives hard, turns heads and has a high-tech interior that feels truly special.


Technical Specification

Dimensions
Vehicle length 4410 mm
Vehicle width
1834 mm
Vehicle height 1611 mm
Wheelbase 2729 mm
Weight
Unladen weight TBC
Engine
Engine / Cylinders 2.0 litre/4 turbocharged
Engine Capacity 1991 cc
Max Torque 400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm
Max Power 225 kW (306 hp) at 5800 rpm
Performance
Top Speed 155 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 5.1 sec
Efficiency
Combined cycle 37.6 mpg
CO2 171-170 g/km*

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