Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled the all-new GLA, the brand’s entry-level crossover model.
It’s no surprise that the new Mercedes-Benz GLA looks more SUV-like than before. That’s because the popularity of SUVs still shows no signs of abating.
In line with this, the GLA is now 104mm taller than before. The body is 30mm wider, and the front and rear tracks are 46mm wider, too.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA’s wheelbase has grown by 30mm to 2729mm. Incidentally, that’s identical to the new A-Class hatchback’s, since both models use the same platform.
In line with its more SUV-like stance, both the driver and front passenger sit higher and more upright than before. Mercedes says that it optimised the pillars to enhance all-round visibility.
The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) also makes an appearance here. As standard, the instrument panel and infotainment screen are made up of two 7-inch displays. However, buyers can opt to have a pair of 10.25-inch screens instead.
For practicality, the rear seats have a 40:20:40 split-folding function. Boot capacity has also grown by 14 litres, and is now 435 litres with the backseats upright.
NEW SAFETY FEATURES
The Mercedes-Benz GLA can be equipped with the optional Driving Assistance Package. This suite of features includes Active Distance Assist, Active Steer Assist and Blind Spot Assist.
Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system, 4Matic, is also another option.
In Singapore, the variants likely to arrive will be the Mercedes-Benz GLA200 and Mercedes-AMG GLA35 4Matic.
The GLA200 will probably be a front-wheel-drive. Equipped with a turbocharged 1.3-litre 4-cylinder producing 163hp and 250Nm, it can hit 100km/h in 8.7 seconds. The GLA200 will form the bulk of sales here.
Keener drivers are going to be more interested in the GLA35. Packing a turbocharged 2-litre 4-pot with 306hp and 400Nm, it’ll hit the century mark in 5.1 seconds.