Mercedes-Benz_GLA_frontA virtually-new Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover SUV has been announced. Interestingly, at 1616 mm high, it’s 122 mm taller overall than the outgoing model which can be described as a tall hatch rather than an SUV.

Models in the GLA range equipped with the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system will be equipped with the Off-Road Engineering Package as standard. The package includes a light function for off-road driving, widening the spread of the beam for better illumination during low-speed manoeuvring.

Standard equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning assistant, which alerts the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles if the door begins to open into their path. As well as Active Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Assist.

All-round protective cladding adds to the GLA’s off-road character. Cleverly, the doors reach over the sills, improving ease of access whilst keeping the door frames (and occupants’ trousers) free of dirt. They also add to impact protection in a side collision.

Inside, the GLA has the same widescreen array of side-by-side 10.25-inch digital screens as other new-generation members of the company’s compact car range.

The intuitive MBUX infotainment system, featuring ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice actuation for dozens of common commands, is shown on the screens in a choice of four different themes.

Mercedes-Benz_GLA_rearThe Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 has a 1.3-litre, turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine making 120 kW and 250 Nm, sending power to the front wheels via a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 165 kW and 350 Nm via an 8G-DCT eight-speed auto, with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.

The GLA 200 and GLA 250 4MATIC will be later by joined by two high-performance models: the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4MATIC+.

For a limited time, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 and GLA 250 4MATIC can be specified with the exclusive Edition 1 package, which has additional features as well as several distinctive cosmetic enhancements.

Edition 1 has AMG body styling on front/rear aprons and side sill panels, chrome and black highlights including window tint, Edition badging. It will ride on 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black with a red flange. It offers a choice of five paint colours (Polar White, Night Black, Cosmos Black Metallic, Digital White Metallic and Mountain Grey Metallic).


Interior features of Edition 1 include fully electric and heated front seats with memory function, Comfort Sports seats in black with contrasting top-stitching in red; a black interior with contrasting red top-stitching; Carbon Structure trim with Edition lettering: and AMG floor mats in red/black with Edition lettering.

Other features include MULTIBEAM LED headlights, panoramic glass electric sunroof, lowered comfort suspension and Parking Package with 360° camera.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 and GLA 250 4MATIC will arrive in showrooms from August. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ will go on sale in the final quarter of 2020.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 $55,100 (MRLP)
Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC $66,500 (MRLP)
Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC $82,935 (MRLP)
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4MATIC $107,035 (MRLP)
Edition 1 Package $6990 (GLA 200), $5990 (GLA 250 4MATIC) (MRLP)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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