From the outside, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA is more compact than previously: It’s 0.6 inches shorter in length, to be precise. Yet within, it’s even more spacious, with expanded headroom at the front, more legroom in the rear, and a more generous trunk. It rises nearly 4 inches higher, so you somehow combine the sporty feel of a compact with the commanding presence of an SUV. As we said, magic.
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|Model||2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class|
|Pricing||₦17.1 million – ₦18 million|
|Release Date||November 2020|
Take the driver’s seat, and feel a sense of profound control. That higher vantage point brings improved visibility, only enhanced by a new roof-pillar design that expands the view ahead. The free-standing media display provides a modern, intuitive awareness of vehicle functions. The GLA’s modernized 4-cylinder engine propels you with newfound power, while a new suspension delivers makes the long haul an exercise in comfort.
The GLA’s available Driver Assistance Package takes safety to new heights, from Active Brake Assist that can provide autonomous emergency braking to the exit warning function that can alert you to cyclists or pedestrians approaching as you prepare to get out.
Opt for the 4MATIC variant and you’ll discover even more control. The GLA has a standard Off-Road Package with a designated driving mode, an off-road animation display and even a dedicated light function that combines with the LED Intelligent Light System to deliver more capability than ever.
The 2021 GLA’s adventures begin at a dealer near you in summer 2020.
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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior
With its current range of compact models, Mercedes-Benz has moved its interior game ahead remarkably. MBUX (more formally known as Mercedes-Benz User Experience) screens dominate the interior. They can be as small as two 7-inch displays, but few GLAs are likely to leave the factory without the optional 10.25-inch displays that span a sizable portion of the dashboard in front of the driver.
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MBUX might dominate the driving environment, but elsewhere the cabin is significantly improved over the existing GLA, both in the quality and space of its materials. If you’ve sat in an A-Class sedan, you’ll be familiar with the smart finishes on things such as the air vents, the buttons in the center console, and even areas where traditionally (and quite noticeably in the old GLA) you could come across some lower-grade materials. That’s not evident here. The GLA feels like the premium product its badge signals, whatever surface you’re touching. Since Mercedes-Benz introduced its new compact models, rivals have been playing catch-up in regards to interior quality and user-friendliness, and that is still very much the case with the 2021 GLA.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Performance
- 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine
- 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
- 0–60 mph in 8.6 seconds
- 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission
- Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive with Off-Road Engineering Package including additional driving mode
- DYNAMIC SELECT
- Available Driver Assistance Systems: Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC®, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Route-Based Speed Adaptation, PRE-SAFE® PLUS
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Engines
While Europe and elsewhere will have a choice of powerplants, the GLA will only be available in the U.S. with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, albeit in three states of tune. The standard vehicle, the GLA 250, produces 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This setup, Mercedes says, will enable a base front-wheel-drive GLA 250 to cover 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds.
The new AMG GLA 35 ups the output to 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds.
If you want your hot crossover even hotter, there’s also the AMG GLA 45. The turbo-four now produces 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which Mercedes says is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds. For those keeping track at home, that’s only half a second slower than the V8-powered AMG C 63 sedan.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Price
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 SUV||₦17.1 million|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC SUV||₦18 million|
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Release Date
We believe the 2021 Mercedes–Benz GLA to hit the showroom from November 2020. So, you only have a few more months to wait before you can have this luxury SUV in your driveway.
After six years and more than one million units sold, the Mercedes GLA is ready to enter its second generation with some major changes over its highly successful predecessor. At a first glance, the evolutionary styling might tempt you to believe this is more of a facelift rather than a new generation but have a look inside the cabin and you’ll begin to understand the compact crossover has gone through some major changes.
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