The sport utility vehicle lineup of Mercedes-Benz starts with the GLA. Now, the three-pointed star brand is revitalizing the range with its second-generation series. The pricing of the Mercedes-Benz GLA starts at $36,230 plus $1,050 destination and delivery charge.
The new GLA boasts a new look, updated powertrain, and it is Mercedes’ response to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
Under the hood of the GLA 250 lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Two driving configurations are available for the SUV—the front-wheel-drive system and the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive version. The power of the auto is distributed via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The FWD setup can go from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and the AWD variant can do that in 6.6 seconds. The top speed of the units is electronically-locked at 130 mph.
The high-performance, sportier models of the GLA will follow at a later date with 382 hp and 416 hp for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and GLA 45 S, respectively.
Compared to its predecessor, the second-generation model has cleaner surfaces with fewer creases. The compact SUV is 0.6-inch shorter in length than the previous one but it is 1.1 inches longer in wheelbase, 1.2 inches wider, and 4.1 inches higher.
The new GLA comes with an array of new safety and entertainment elements. The most notable of which is the MBUX infotainment system integrated with the SUV’s twin seven-inch displays and with voice control feature.