Globally Mercedes-Benz achieved its sixth record year in a row, selling two million passenger cars in a year for the first time. A big contributor to this success has most certainly been the ever expanding compact car family.
The family includes the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and the recently updated GLA. These models offer variety, driving enjoyment, innovation and a sophisticated design idiom.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA has been updated with a variety of engines, visual accentuation in terms of interior and exterior design and updated equipment lines.
As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and has established itself as a major player. The GLA is highly manoeuvrable around town, lively on country roads and dynamic and efficient on the motorway.
With a seven model SUV series Mercedes hope to meet the mobility requirements of all its customers. And within the GLA range no other competitor offers a larger selection of engines. From the GLA 200 d with 100kW up to the 280 kW Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, they have got all their bases covered.
The bi-xenon headlamps have made way for soft LED headlamps while modified bumpers and new alloy wheel designs characterise the 2017 models. The GLA underlines its SUV genes to an even greater extent than before.
Interior upgrades include a 360-degree camera that records the direct surroundings of the car, which are either shown as a full-image depiction or in seven different split-screen views on the media display.
The attractively styled interior with high quality materials and excellent workmanship is enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The 8–inch media display is familiarly slim and easily legible, as are the new dials with red needles.
The optional LED High Performance headlamps are now offered as a replacement to the previously offered bi-xenon headlamps. Alongside the brilliant illumination they are characterised by a colour temperature similar to daylight and relieve the strain on the eyes during journeys at night.
At the rear new LED performance taillights are used. The brake lights and indicators are controlled in three intensities; full brightness during the day, medium level at night and a low level when stationary at night, so not to dazzle other road users.
With Hands-Free Access the boot can now be opened and closed with a foot movement, without using the hands or touching a thing.
Good flow characteristics, which contribute decisively to the low fuel consumption in everyday conditions and a pleasantly discreet noise level at higher speeds, was achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimisations in the wind tunnel.
Vehicle safety is a top priority a Mercedes-Benz. The GLA has Active Brake Assist as standard, warning the driver if there is not sufficient distance to the vehicle in front and if required, delivers situation-appropriate braking. The GLA also has Attention Assist, which detects typical signs of drowsiness.
Customers have a choice between three chassis variants, standard fitment is the off-road comfort suspension, alternatively customers can opt for the comfort or lowered suspension packages.
The range topping GLA 45 4Matic has been refreshed with intelligent aerodynamic measures like a restyled front apron and roof spoiler. The LED performance headlamps are now standard equipment. The twin louvre on the grille is now finished in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. As an additional option a 20-inch alloy wheel is available in two colour variants. Improved details on the rear end include a new diffuser in the rear apron and the trim in silver chrome.
The interior has been similarly upgraded and the dashboard is covered as standard with Artico man-made leather with contrasting red stitching. The instrument cluster has also been refreshed with a black needle centre and chrome frame around the gear display.
With a maximum output of 280kW and 475Nm the GLA 45 is one of the most powerful cars in its segment, capable of completing the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 4.4 seconds.
Entering the compact class is a strategy that has paid off for Mercedes-Benz as it has allowed them to attract a large number of new customers to the luxury brand. It allows drivers who would not normally have been able to get into a luxury car the ability to do so, thanks to a range of smaller, more efficient engines and a reduced price point.