The Redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA has a Better Look and Equipment
The newly redesigned GLA comes with an extended range of engines, targeted visual accentuation in the interior and exterior design plus updated equipment lines. This sees the look of the compact SUV gaining considerably in presence, and the body impresses with a significantly more powerful design. At the helm of the model series is the Mercedes‑AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, with an especially sporty host of equipment being offered by the Yellow Night Edition.
The GLA was presented for the first time in 2013 and has since become a model of success in a segment it has shaped and redefined. The GLA is characterised by its sportily dynamic design, light-footed handling and extensive individualisation range. As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and established itself there as a major player.
The GLA is the only model series in this market segment to offer new comfort and safety features such as the 360‑degree camera or HANDS-FREE ACCESS.
Expressive design, technical performance
An expressive design with a clear SUV character remains the most significant reason to buy for most customers, harmonising as it does with its technical performance.
Customers have a choice between three chassis variants: as standard, the GLA features a comfort suspension; the lowered suspension is available on request (in conjunction with the AMG Line or the Dynamic Handling package); or the off-road comfort suspension (optional), which delivers improved off-road capability owing to a 30 millimetres higher ground clearance, higher seat position and more striking off-roader looks.
Modified bumpers, additional light-alloy wheels and the new attractive colour “canyon beige” characterise the new generation GLA at first glance. The GLA thus visually underlines its SUV genes to an even greater extent than before. The previous optional bi-xenon headlamps have made way for efficient LED headlamps characterised by a colour temperature similar to daylight.
Valuable interior and exterior upgrades
Exclusively available in this market segment, the 360-degree camera records the direct surroundings of the car, which are either shown as a full-image depiction or in seven different split-screen views on the media display. Among them is also a virtual top view of the car – produced from the data of four cameras: front, reversing and one camera in each of the exterior mirrors.
The attractively styled interior of the GLA with high-quality materials and excellent workmanship is enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The free-standing 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display is slim and easily legible, as are the new dials with red needles. The controls for switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors have been given small yet effective highlights in silver chrome – and the stowage compartment in the centre console is also surrounded by a chrome frame. In addition, the air conditioning vent rings are more strongly accentuated and thus underscore the harmonious SUV touch in the interior.
New seat cover fabrics for the design and equipment lines, Style and Urban, also exude attention to detail. New features include the upholstery colours for the Style design and equipment line as ARTICO man-made leather/Macápá fabric in black/ochre yellow, sahara beige or black plus for the Urban design and equipment line as ARTICO man-made leather/Maringá fabric in crystal grey or black.
Spot on: LED light turns night into day
Available on request, the LED High Performance headlamps replace the current bi‑xenon headlamps. Alongside the brilliant illumination, they are characterised by a colour temperature similar to daylight and relieve the strain on the eyes during journeys at night. The energy consumption is also lower: around 60 percent less than xenon and approximately 70 percent less than halogen. The 34 watts low-beam headlamps work with LED projector-beam technology, and the main beam with LED reflector technology. Indicators, daytime running lamps and position light are designed as multifunctional fibre-optic cables and enable an unmistakeable style through higher degrees of design freedom. For added convenience, changing a bulb is no longer necessary over the entire lifetime of the car.
The new GLA LED High Performance headlamps, brake lights and indicators are controlled in three intensities – full brightness by day, a medium level for driving during the night and a lower level when at a standstill after dark, so as to not dazzle other road users. With this multi-level function, the GLA automatically offers the correct level of brightness for all light and weather conditions plus traffic situations. This light control is especially pleasant for other car drivers when stopping at traffic lights or in traffic jam situations, as they are met by a pleasant, dazzle-free brake and turn signal lamp.
With the GLA model series, Mercedes-Benz further impresses where aerodynamic quality is concerned. The good flow characteristics, which contribute decisively to the low fuel consumption in everyday conditions and a pleasantly discreet noise level even at higher speeds, were achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimisations in the high-speed wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. These include a low A-pillar step with corresponding A-pillar geometry and aerodynamically optimised exterior mirror housings. The generously sized trim on the main floor, an additional trim in the centre section of the rear axle and even an aerodynamically optimised rear silencer with a connected diffuser also improve the flow of air beneath the underbody. An elaborate roof spoiler lip, specially shaped tail lights plus discreet side rear spoilers also ensure that the air flow at the tail end is aerodynamically optimal.
Safety first: autonomous braking and warning about drowsiness
Vehicle safety is the top priority at Mercedes-Benz. The GLA has the “Active Brake Assist” as standard: it warns the driver if there is insufficient distance to the vehicle in front and if required, delivers situation-appropriate braking. If the system detects that the driver is reacting too late, it initiates autonomous braking in order to prevent the collision or minimise the consequences. The GLA is also equipped with “ATTENTION ASSIST” as standard, which can detect typical signs of drowsiness via the steering behaviour and warn the driver.
More comfort in the end
The rear compartment of the GLA was also the focus of the engineers’ attention, and they have integrated new features here: with the optional extra HANDS-FREE ACCESS, exclusive in this market segment, the boot can be opened and closed with a foot movement, without using one’s hands. The procedure can be completed at any time and any potential obstacles stop the process immediately. In conjunction with the stowage facility package the load compartment floor is lockable – the lock is integrated in the flipper handle and operated with a key.
Fine interior with exclusive touches
The interior has been similarly upgraded. The dashboard is covered as standard with ARTICO man-made leather and has been given exclusive highlights with red contrast topstitching.
A further highlight is the generously sized trim, extending over virtually the entire width of the car: its fundamental structure is printed matt with a high-gloss surface and it bears AMG lettering. It is available in black/red (standard) or in black/silver (in conjunction with the Exclusive package). The vehicle key and the E-Select lever now bear the AMG emblem as standard.
The instrument cluster has been given a new number design and the speedometer is divided into 30 km/h stages. New needles with a black needle centre and the chrome frame around the gear display also ensure a sporty cockpit experience.
Further options for comfort and sport
The new equipment items available on request include the keyless vehicle access, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and the 360-degree camera. With the aid of four networked cameras this system facilitates parking and manoeuvring with a realistic all-round view. The car and its surroundings can be depicted in the media display from a birds-eye view, and obstacles beneath the window line are also visible to the driver.
In conjunction with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package (optional), the mechanical front axle locking differential is available. This package also includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the performance steering wheel and the additional drive programme, “RACE”.
Extremely agile, handcrafted 2.0-litre turbo engine
With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and 475 Nm maximum torque, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of 100 km/h is achieved from standstill after just 4.4 seconds. The extremely agile 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine blends its thrilling performance and the exemplary efficiency with a further best: the power-to-swept-volume ratio of 141 kW (191 hp) marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders – it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars.
One of the high-tech components of the four-cylinder turbo engine is the spray-guided direct petrol injection. Piezo injectors centrally located in the four combustion chambers inject the fuel at a pressure of up to 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multi-spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The twin-scroll turbocharger and maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system improve the charge pressure build-up, and therefore the engine’s response to the accelerator.
On the road the turbocharged, handcrafted AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotional engine note. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode.
With the optional AMG performance exhaust system the sound is even sportier through the modified structure of the muffler system and it thus intensifies the emotively appealing sound experience. It can be regulated via selection of the drive program or via a switch. In the interior the impressive sound can be experienced even more intensely at the touch of a button through the more powerful intake noise of the engine.
Shorter ratios: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sport transmission
The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed sports transmission. Thanks to the shorter ratios selected in gears three to seven, the driver senses an even more appealing acceleration experience in all speed ranges. Together with optimised response and shift times, the closer ratio spread ensures better transitions when upshifting.
Best traction as standard: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
For optimum traction even in poor road surface conditions, the standard all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC transfers the drive power to all wheels. The torque is steplessly and variably distributed to the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation. A multiple-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle differential with AMG-specific control passes on the engine torque to the rear wheels in a flash should the front wheels lose traction. The spectrum ranges from purely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 ratio for the front and rear wheels. With a fuel consumption of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) Mercedes-AMG is at the same time reinforcing its pioneering role where efficiency is concerned.
High-quality interior with yellow highlights
The interior is also characterised by the extensive appointments and yellow touches. The AMG performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre also sport yellow trim, as do the AMG performance sports steering wheel in DINAMICA, the rear bench seat, the dashboard, the beltlines (only on the CLA 45 4MATIC) and the armrests. Further highlights include the door sill panels in graphite grey with a yellow AMG logo, the floor mats with yellow edging, the AMG logo also in yellow, plus the yellow air outlets.
The extensive standard equipment of the Yellow Night Edition includes the Aerodynamics package, the Night package, the Light and Sight package, the performance seats with a memory function plus the AMG performance steering wheel in black DINAMICA microfibre with a yellow 12 o’clock mark in nappa leather, steering wheel trim in silver chrome with an “AMG Edition” badge and yellow contrasting topstitching. Customers can also order the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package or enrich the Edition with other optional extras on request.