Mercedes-Benz’s baby crossover has just been unveiled and it completes their small car line up. Just as a recap this consists of the A, CLA, GLB and now the GLA. This is an important car for them as its a volume seller, it also happens to be my favourite of the “A’s”. They produced a million of the previous version. I have alway’s liked the GLA, I find it visually much better looking than a lot of its rivals. So what has changed? Well, it has grown slightly everywhere except for length, it’s actually shorter than before. The extra 10cm in height is said to increase headroom and interior space same for the increased wheelbase. Ground clearance has also been improved thanks to larger wheel options up to 20″, the track is wider too which should aid handling.
The entry GLA200 is powered by their 1.33l turbocharged 4 pot which is good for 120kw and 250nm, They claim a fuel consumption figure of 5.9l per 100km. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed DCT transmission. At the top, you will find the GLA 35 AMG 4matic which uses a 2.0l Turbo with 225kw and 400nm. As the name suggests it puts the power down at all for corners via the 4matic 4 wheel drive system. The GLA35 also has a DCT however it’s the AMG speedshift with 8 forward speeds. Performance-wise the A200 is rated to hit 100kmh in 8.7s while the 35 can do it in 5.1 seconds. I am not certain if there will be more models added but hopefully, there will be a full-fat A45 AMG in the future.
The interior will be very similar to that of the current A-class with a few unique little design touches. The major talking points are the inclusion of new safety features like Distronic active cruise control, Active steer assists with emergency braking and lane assist. PRE-SAFE PLUS is also available. 4Matic models benefit from the standard-fit Off-road engineering package which adds an extra layer of control to the 4 wheel drive system for offroad scenarios. To be honest I doubt these will see much off-road action save for a mild gravel road. The new GLA goes on sale in 2021.