Mercedes shows the new GLA – A softer and jacked up version of the A-Class
With the new A-Class, it was bound to happen that a new GLA would follow suit. Interesting to note, the GLA marks the end for this year for Mercedes new, 8 in total, compact cars. Is the new GLA something you should look into, or should you instead go for the new A-Class? As always, continue reading to find out.
Long hood, short rear and even shorter overhangs gives the GLA fairly interesting dimensions. Looking like an A-Class with higher ride height and lower plastic bits to give it a more rugged and sporty look. Interesting how those two words would come up in the same sentence, but oh well. Comparing the new GLA with its older counterpart, the differences are not that distinguishable. The biggest signs are the slightly smaller front lights, removal of the two horizontal lines in the grille and a tighter rear, que the thin lights again. The front looks good, but the rear looks like a kid that has tried lemon for the first time.
The car is actually 10 cm higher, which has increased headspace slightly. However, changes in dimensions have increased the most inside, giving more legroom for the rear passengers, more than 10 cm. Unfortunately, the rear head room has decreased slightly. It is clear that Mercedes has focused on interior space and comfort.
Inside, there is the familiar vertical design with the integrated infotainment, which is the updated MBUX system, and dash screen. Finally, Mercedes did the right thing and threw away the ancient looking CD player, and replaced the space with a simple horizontal bar with buttons to control the AC. The lack of buttons is prominent, but you can still control the front chairs by the seat looking levers located at the door.
Initially, two different models will be offered. The GLA 200 and the GLA 35 AMG. Mercedes goes as far to say that it puts its trust in four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, but there will be a plug in hybrid model. Interesting that Mercedes didn´t make it available at launch. The engine from the GLA 200 is 1.33 liters, outputs 163 hp and 250 Nm, and will have a combined consumption of 5.6-5.9 L/100 km. The GLA 35 AMG will have 306 hp and 400 Nm, and will be equipped with the 4MATIC four wheel drive system.
After reading the amount of safety tech, it is impossible to include everything. However, here are some of them. Evasive Steering Assist, Active Steer Assist, Active Brake Assist with turning manoeuvre and cross-traffic function and many more. The blind spot assist can help warn other drives and bicyclist by providing visual and, if needed, stimulants.
Price is not revealed yet, but I believe that Mercedes has done plenty to get people to go for the new GLA.