Mercedes Benz GLA has been one of the most appealing luxury compact crossovers from the stable of German luxury car brand. Unveiled at Benz at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes Benz GLA Class initially made its public debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 as a concept. Introduced to compete against the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the crossover finds its place below the GLK Class which is now renamed as GLC Class as per company’s new naming nomenclature. Moreover, the company has now introduced an all-new GLA 220 d 4MATIC ‘Activity Edition’ which comes with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive train system for the first time in the Indian market. The introduction of GLA 220 d 4MATIC ‘Activity Edition’ mark Mercedes-Benz’s 9th product for the year 2016 in the country. Launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO Mercedes-Benz India, the GLA 220 d 4MATIC’s introduction will assist the company to increase its SUV sales.
Mercedes Benz GLA Exterior
Talking about the exterior front, the Mercedes Benz GLA comes with distinctive design with unique product characteristics and the individualization options. At upfront, the luxury compact Crossover comes with Twin-blade AMG front grille, bi-xenon headlamps with daytime running lamps, centrally positioned star in the radiator grille and dropping line accentuates the overall design of the profile. The side profile of the GLA comes with an elegantly designed character lines, sloping roofline along with 18 inch 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels that provide the profile an appealing look. The rear end of the GLA Class Crossover is comes with two-piece LED tail lamps with company insignia embedded in the centre, dual exhaust, silver cladding and rear parking sensors.
Mercedes Benz GLA Dimensions
Coming to the dimension front, the Mercedes Benz GLA comes with length of 4417mm, width of 1804mm and height of 1494mm along with wheelbase of 2699mm and ground clearance of 183mm. The Kerb weight of GLA 200 variant stands at 1940 kgs while the GLA 200 d variant carries a kerb weight of 1585 kgs. The turning radius of the compact crossover is 5.92 metres.
Mercedes Benz GLA Interior
On the inside, the interior of the GLA Class Crossover is neatly designed with spacious feeling that proffers the luxury quotient to the next level. As it is based on MFA platform, it comes with 5 rotary AC vents, tablet-like LCD display, cup holders, 12V socket are offered as standard fitment. The rear seats can be folded down 40:60 in order to enhance the luggage space to 1235-litres from 421-litres. The Luxury factor is also enhanced by the electric glass sliding sunroof. It also comes with two sun blinds which provide shade against the strong sunlight. Moreover, the convenience factor is further enhanced as it comes with height adjustment for front passenger's seat and the seat cushion angle adjustment for the driver's and front passenger's seat.
Mercedes Benz GLA Features
The Mercedes Benz GLA is loaded in terms of features which includes 8-inch Media Display, Smartphone Integration package, Keyless GO Starting function, Rain sensing wipers, Activity Edition Floor mats, Spectacles compartment in the overhead panel, Stowage compartments under the front seats, Luggage nets on the rear of the front seats, Net in the front passenger foot well, EASY PACK Tailgate, Rear seat backrests adjustment and much more. In terms of safety, the compact Crossover is equipped with 6-airbags, Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, Driver Assistance Systems and Safety, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Adaptive brake with Hold function, Hill start assist, DSR, ESP, ASR, ABS and BAS.
Mercedes Benz GLA – Engine Specifications
Under the hood, the GLA luxury compact crossover is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options- 2.0-Litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines. The petrol variant comes with 2.0-Litre petrol engine which develops 181 bhp of power @ 5500 rpm against the peak torque of 300 @ 1200-1400 rpm while the diesel variant is equipped with 2.1-litre oil burner that is tuned to churn out 134 bhp of power in between 3600 – 4400 rpm and peak torque of 300 @ 1600 – 3000 rpm. Both the engines are mated to a 7G-DCT 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The GLA 200 petrol variant can easily accelerate to 100 kmph in just 7.6 seconds in order to attain the top speed of 225 kmph whereas the GLA 200 d diesel variant can easily sprint to 100 kmph in just 9.9 seconds prior reaching out for top speed of 205 kmph.
Mercedes Benz GLA Variants
With the inclusion of all- new GLA 220 d 4MATIC ‘Activity Edition’ in the line-up, the Mercedes Benz GLA compact crossover is offered in 5 variants – 200 CDI Style, 200 Sport, 200 CDI Sport, AMG 45 and 220 d 4MATIC Activity Edition.
Mercedes Benz GLA Price and Competition
As far as the price point is concerned, the base variant of Mercedes Benz GLA compact crossover gets a price tag of INR 33.86 lakh whereas the top end variant is priced at INR 75.70 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). On the other hand, the new 220 d 4MATIC Activity Edition is priced at INR 38.51 lakh (Ex-showroom Pune). In terms of competition, this luxury compact crossover goes head on head with rivals such as BMW X1, Volvo V40 Cross Country and Audi Q3.