THE ALL NEW MERCEDES-BENZ GLA
The 3 German auto makers have been on an offensive for the year 2019 – with Mercedes Benz having not less than 5 models launched. To end of the year, Mercedes-Benz have launched the all new GLA. Set to take over from its predecessor as the entrant into the SUV world of Mercedes, it promises more space, more technology and better design.
The new car takes on the new design ethos that Mercedes-Benz has adopted, that is, less lines, more curves. The front facia is confident in how it looks, with the front section being dominated by the grille with a single louver. The power domes on the bonnet give the car a focused and “on a mission” look – this also emphasised by the optional 20-inch wheels that are flush with the body, in order to give the car a powerful, confident stance. Mercedes has applied the same design ethos to the new GLA as on their other new car, that is – less lines, more curves – and much like the previous GLA, the new GLA features broad and powerful shoulders that can be seen when the car is viewed from the rear. The rear features two part taillights – and this helps give the impression that the car is wider than it is, and has also allowed, according to Mercedes-Benz, for the boot opening to be larger, which should make loading the boot a lot easier.
If you are familiar with new Mercedes’, the interior of the new GLA is a familiar place – that is because it is shared with the new Mercedes-Benz A Class. That means, you get a standard MBUX infotainment system, which as standard is offered with two 7-inch free standing screens for the instrument cluster and the control display. Optionally, those screens can be had with a 7-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch instrument cluster or two 10.25 screens for both instrument cluster and control display, Much like in the A Class, you also get the “cool” round ventilation outlets that feature a turbine look. The new car is shorter than its predecessor but somehow, Mercedes-Benz has managed to make it roomier in the interior than its predecessor – these changes can be seen more in the rear legroom and boot space.
The all new Mercedes-Benz GLA can be opted with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system – this will vary the drive torque sent to individual wheels to offer the best traction, depending on the mode the car is in. In ECO/Comfort mode, power is split 80/20, with most of the power going to the front axle. While when the car is in Sport mode, that split shifts to a 70/30 setting for a sportier drive. Choose the Off-Road mode and the split goes to a 50/50 setting.
From start of production, the new GLA will be offered with two engines. The GLA 200 will be power by a 1.3-litre engine while the top of the range, Mercedes-AMG GLA35 will be powered by a 2-lire 4 cylinder engine that produces 225kW and 400Nm – which allows the GLA35 to go from 0 to 100 in 5.1 Seconds. This makes it a bit slower than the offering from the likes of BMW with the X2 M35i, which will do the same 0 to 100 sprint in 4.9 seconds.
If any of the new entrants from Mercedes-Benz are anything to go by, the new GLA promises to offer supreme comfort and technology. Whether this will set it apart from tough competitors from Audi and BMW will be solved in a head to head battle