Say Hello to the New Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ Compact SUV

Giancarlo Perlas July 20, 2020

While most parts of the world stood still due to the pandemic, Mercedes-AMG has been very busy. After the unveiling of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, the performance division of Daimler just released the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC, Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4MATIC+.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4MATIC seats on top of the GLA compact sport utility vehicle hierarchy. Compared to its standard Mercedes-Benz GLA and intermediary AMG GLA 35 models, the AMG GLA 45 S is a big leap in terms of performance.

Engine and Performance

The AMG GLA 45 S is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. It’s the same power unit found in the top trims of the A-Class and CLA.

The engine has a peak output of 421 hp and 500 Nm of torque. All that power goes to an all-wheel-drive system and distributed via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The compact SUV has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 270 km/h and an acceleration time of 4.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h.


The AMG GLA 45 S is not much different than the AMG A35 in its exterior and interior styling elements. It features the usual Panamerican radiator grille with vertical slats, which is a standard in AMG vehicles. Then, it adopts a subtle modification in its front lip and air inlets. It does, however, get a reinforced shell, quadruple exhaust tips, extended spoiler on the rear part of the roof, and 20-inch wheels wrapped in 255/40 ZR 20 tires.

Meanwhile, the interior benefits from the standard MBUX infotainments system with an AMG-specific theme. It also has new a sporty steering wheel as well as upholstery in Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfiber in black and contrasting red stitching. These can be further customized using the optional package of AMG.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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