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The first GLA has sold over a million examples worldwide, but Mercedes-Benz hasn’t rested on its laurels. The all-new second generation model features more interior space, a sleek new bodystyle and updated safety technology. The smallest model in the Mercedes-Benz SUV range, it’s closely related to the A-Class but offers the rugged styling and higher driving position many drivers prefer.
The new GLA’s safety systems take one further step towards autonomous driving, with the Active Brake Assist system able to intervene and brake to avoid a collision or to reduce its severity. The optional Driving Assistance package now includes a turning manoeuvre function, emergency corridor function, exit warning function (to prevent driver or passengers opening their doors in the path of cyclists or vehicles) and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings. Other features of the package include DISTRONIC active cruise control, lane keeping assist and blind spot assist.
The GLA is a sporty crossover with coupé-like side profile, but inside the cabin you’ll find it offers plenty of room for a family, with more front headroom and rear legroom than its predecessor. Styling is sleek and clean, with few sharp crease lines and an aerodynamic 0.28 Cd drag co-efficient. Off-road touches include short overhangs front and rear as well as plastic cladding on the wheel arches and bumpers. Compared with the first generation GLA, ground clearance of the new model is raised by 9mm to 143mm, but it’s also 15mm shorter.
As with all the latest generation Mercedes-Benz models, the new GLA features the acclaimed MBUX infotainment system, which is controlled either via ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command or touchpad. Standard equipment will include two 7.0in screens for the instruments and infotainment functions, with the option of dual wide-screen 10.3-inch displays. These are customisable, and options include augmented reality navigation and head-up displays.
Two models will be available in the UK from the Spring 2020 launch. The GLA 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo that develops 163hp and accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds. This model returns 50.4mpg on the combined cycle. Alternatively, the performance flagship Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is powered by a 306hp 2.0-litre turbo and hits the same 0-62mph benchmark in just 5.1s.
4MATIC all-wheel drive is offered as an option on the GLA 200 and comes as standard with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35. In time the range will include a full range of petrol and diesel drivetrains plus a plug-in hybrid GLA 250e.
The new Mercedes 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.
The new GLA offers a family-hatchback sized crossover with a touch of off-road cred and a lot of style. If you prefer the higher driving position of a compact SUV to a hatchback, and don’t need the additional space of its big brother the GLB, a GLA could tick all the boxes.
|Vehicle length||4410 mm|
|Vehicle height||1611 mm|
|Engine / Cylinders||1.3 litre/4 turbocharged|
|Engine Capacity||1332 cc|
|Max Torque||250 Nm @ 1620 - 4000 rpm|
|Max Power||120KW/163 hp @ 5,500 - 5800 rpm|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 8.7 sec|
|Combined cycle||50.4 mpg|