The Mercedes Benz GLA is a compact SUV designed as rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 - it billed as being as happy with urban living as it is in the country with the ability to go off-road.
The GLA will be premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, with orders being taken from the end of November, prices will be competitive with the Q3 and X1, and therefore prices should start at around £25,000.
Based on the modular MFA platform of the new A Class it has a foot print of (length x width x height 4,417 x 1,804 x 1,494 millimetres) with the option of the permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, which features variable torque distribution which send power between the front and rear axle on demand - normally it sits in front-wheel drive. Models with 4MATIC are equipped with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) and an off-road transmission mode as standard.
It maybe compact but it can carry between 421 - 836 litres of cargo, with a low boot sill and the option of an automatic tailgate - the rear seats fold down completely flat.Mercedes Benz GLA Engines
Initially there will be a choice of four engines;
Two petrol units a 1.6 156hp -GLA 200 and 2.0-litre 211 hp in the GLA 250, which is capable of 0 to 62 mph in only 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 145 mph, with a combined consumption figure of 39.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 151 g/km.
On the Diesel front - 2.2-litre GLA 200 CDI developing 136 hp/300 Nm, on the combined cycle is capable of 65.6 mpg with emissions of 114 g/km. The GLA 220 CDI likewise has a displacement of 2.2 litres and develops 170 hp and 350 Nm.
All the engines feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission or with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission (standard for GLA 250, GLA 220 CDI and the 4MATIC models).
|Model||GLA 200||GLA 250/
GLA 250 4MATIC
|GLA 200 CDI||GLA 220 CDI/
GLA 220 CDI
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4 in-line||4 in-line||4 in-line||4 in-line|
|Rated output (hp at rpm)||156 at 5300||211 at
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)||250 at
We believe that trim and equipment levels will be similar to the A Class upon which the GLA is based.
Standard equipment includes ATTENTION ASSIST a drowsiness detection system and a radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist.
Options include COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS which can carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph. There is an optional Lane Tracking package with Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist or Adaptive Highbeam Assist. Active Parking Assist allows automatic parking in parallel and end-on parking spaces.Mercedes Benz GLA Prices and Availability
Currently we do not have UK Prices for the GLA, with specifications yet to be confirmed. But we expect the GLA to be priced around £25,000 to compete with the likes of Audi's Q3 and the BMW X1.
The order book will open towards the end of November, with the first cars due early 2014.
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