The New Mercedes-Benz GLA Is Officially Presented

The compact SUV model of 2020 slightly increased in size and became all-wheel drive in the basic configuration.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new GLA, its «eighth and last compact model in the current lineup.» It is also the smallest and most affordable car with off-road capabilities. The 1-gen model was introduced in 2013 and it is time for a generational change, but Mercedes does not mention this in its press release.

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Mercedes-Benz underlines the following changes in the GLA 2020:

  • More than ten centimeters higher than its predecessor, but one and a half centimeters shorter;
  • Offers more legroom for passengers in the back and front seats;
  • Thanks to the standard Active Brake Assist system with automatic braking function, the car responds to critical driving situations when the driver does not;
  • The functions of the driver assistance system have been expanded, including automatic turn signal activation, emergency corridor function and alert function, which warns about pedestrians, cyclists, or vehicles in driver-restricted viewing areas;
  • The most affordable models in the Mercedes-Benz SUV line, the sporty and stylish little brother of the GLB;
  • Has a very low air drag coefficient, cd-index from 0.28;
  • The proprietary 4MATIC all wheel drive system and a set of off-road settings are included in the basic configuration;
  • The standard equipment includes the MBUX infotainment system with intuitive controls.

The Mercedes-Benz dealers have sold more than a million of 2013 GLAs. Daimler is confident in success. European sales start in the spring of 2020, followed by the United States and China.

At the start of sales, the GLA 2020 will be available in two configurations: the GLA 200 with a 1.33-liter turbocharged engine (163 hp, 230 Nm) and AMG GLA 35 4Matic with a 2-liter quad-turbocharged engine (306 hp, 400 Nm). The basic model is equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission, and the AMG is fitted with a branded SpeedShift DCT. The compact SUVs accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 and 5.1 seconds, respectively.

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