New Mercedes-Benz GLA

2017-05-17 06:01
The new Mercedes0Benz         Photo: supplied

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THE new GLA is introduced with a variety 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 idiom. At the helm of the model series is the Mercedes-AMG 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 from the word go became a model of success in a segment it has shaped and redefined. The GLA is characterised by its sportily dynamic design idiom, 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 most successful in the markets China, USA, Germany and Great Britain.

With seven model series (GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and G) Mercedes-Benz boasts the broadest SUV range of all the European premium manufacturers and thus meets all the individual mobility requirements of its customers. This also applies to the portfolio of the GLA: no other competitor offers a larger selection of engines in its segment - from the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 d base model with 100 kW of power and a CO2 value from 115 g/km up to the 280 kW Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. Here the particularly rigid body structure provides a reliable basis for the wide range of applications.

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.

The 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.

The 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).

With the off-road comfort suspension (standard) the body is 30 millimetres higher. This results in improved off-road capability owing to higher ground clearance, a higher seat position and more striking off-roader looks.

Modified bumpers, additional light-alloy wheels and the new attractive colour “canyon beige” characterise the 2017 vintage 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 soft LED head lamps characterised by a colour temperature similar to daylight.

The luxury Exclusive package supplements the previous Exclusive package with luxury seats featuring SUV-specific black leather in a buffalo look. The trim parts used here are a choice of trapezium-grain aluminium, light brown satin-finish poplar wood, plus high-gloss brown walnut. Especially exclusive: matt black ash wood or AMG trim parts in carbon fibre.

The previous Exclusive package with standard sports seats remains optionally available and is aimed at particularly sportily-oriented customers.

In future the Night package can also be combined with the Style design and equipment line. 18-inch bichromatic light-alloy wheels, radiator louvres in high-gloss black, the black roof rails plus a black shoulderline trim strip, front and rear bumpers painted in high-gloss plus exterior mirror housings underscore the sporty look of the GLA in this case.

With the GLA a further model series from Mercedes-Benz 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, was achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimisations in the high-pitched 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 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. Due to the many optimisations it was possible to improve the CD value from the previous 0.29 to 0.28.

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 not sufficient 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 also has the “attention assist” as standard: it can detect typical signs of drowsiness via the steering behaviour and warn the driver about an impending microsleep.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic

Mercedes-AMG is continuing its model initiative with full steam ahead and is enhancing the GLA 45 4Matic both visually and technically. With intelligent aerodynamic measures like the restyled front apron and the spoiler lip on the roof spoiler it was possible to increase driving dynamics and driving stability, yet wind resistance was simultaneously reduced. In spite of the sportily configured lift balance the cd value of 0.33 is lower than on the preceding model.

The characteristic distinguishing feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert in silver chrome plus flics in high-gloss black. These guide the cooling air flows to the vehicle radiators even more effectively. Some earlier optional extras like the LED High Performance headlamps are now part of the standard host of equipment.

The twin louvre on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. As an additional option a multi-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheel is available for selection in two colour variants:painted matt black with high-sheen rim flange or painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish.

Eye-catching features at the tail end are the new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim in silver chrome and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler. It helps improve the driving dynamics of the new GLA 45 4Matic.

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 for the driver.

In conjunction with the AMG Dynamic Plus package (optional extra) 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 program “race”.

With a maximum output of 280 kW 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 marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders.

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 de-throttling of the exhaust system improve the charge pressure build-up, and therefore the engine’s response to the accelerator.

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 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. On request the customer can also order the AMG Dynamic Plus package or enrich the Edition with other optional extras.

- Supplied.

 

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