Mercedes GLA, all the details: the commitment of Mercedes for the compact SUV

Mercedes_GLA_dm_3     Mercedes presents the new Mercedes GLA, the new SUV range. A new member to the family of compact models of the German mark, a new companion for the Mercedes CLA and the Mercedes Class A and a new rival for the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The successful bid for the compact SUV Mercedes.

Presented on the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show, sharing a platform with the Mercedes CLA and the Mercedes Class A mechanical sharing, sharing philosophy now adapted to their condition SUV. A new expression of the design of this family of compact Mercedes models which we now know all the details.

Join us and discover all the features of the new Mercedes GLA.

Mercedes_GLA_dm_lateralIts design: adapted traits now known SUV segment

The Mercedes GLA language draws directly anticipated by the Mercedes CLA for the Mercedes Class A, duly adapted to the SUV segment. Lateral nerves are still present as characteristic signal, even optical design for both the front and the rear or front bumper look similar, but are added skid plates for both sides, integrated exhaust outlets in the rear diffuser and added skirts in contrasting finish.

The dimensions of the Mercedes GLA leave us with a length of 4,417 mm, a width of 1,804 mm and a height of 1,494 mm, with a drag coefficient of 0.29. Is shorter than the Mercedes CLA (4.630 mm) and slightly above Mercedes Class A (4.292 mm), so it is positioned at an intermediate point in the range of compact. Regarding competition, the Audi Q3 measures 4,385 mm long while the BMW X1 measures 4,454 mm long, staying again at an intermediate point between the dimensions offered by rivals.

Its interior: faithful to the new design

Mercedes_GLA_dm_4If the outline of the Mercedes GLA drink directly from the language of the Mercedes A-Class, the Mercedes CLA, inside we find the same bet, meeting with the same layout as compact siblings in the same elements, albeit appearing under a new look, at least for presentation, which has combined the brown wood tones for upholstery, dashboard and trim.

The three-spoke multifunction steering wheel the driver’s chair. After this the correct wheel and instrumentation known as two spheres. 5 air intakes in blade design, the controversy on the dashboard screen … everything is the same order as in the Mercedes CLA and the Mercedes Class A.

The trunk of the Mercedes GLA has a capacity of 421 liters, with the rear seat backrests folding, leaving us with a capacity of 836 liters.

Mercedes_GLA_dm_interiorIts mechanics: gasoline engines up to 211 hp and 170 hp diesel

For your Mercedes has trusted mechanical blocks 4-cylinder which has accompanied this architecture, finding alternatives for now with 4, 3 ​​of them with the option of having AWD. All options are supercharged, direct injection feature and are accompanied by start / stop as standard.

In gasoline, the range is up to the Mercedes GLA 200, with a block of 1.6 liter that delivers 156 horses accompanied by a torque of 250 Nm and the Mercedes GLA 250 and GLA 250 4Matic, a block of two liters delivering 211 horses a torque of 350 Nm. The Mercedes GLA 200 is offered only as a front-drive version, while in the rest of the range, both diesel and gasoline, is given the opportunity to choose both the front-wheel drive as 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Mercedes_GLA_dm_maleteroIn diesel we find the GLA Mercedes 200 CDI and 200 CDI 4Matic with 2,143 cc block, as in the GLA 220 CDI delivers 136 horsepower and a torque of 300 Nm, while the Mercedes 220 CDI GLA and GLA 220 CDI 4Matic reaches 170 horses with a torque of 350 Nm.

For transmission we use a 6-speed manual gearbox or dual clutch gearbox 7G-DCT. In the case of Mercedes GLA 250 GLA 220 CDI and AWD models equipped with the dual clutch and 7 relations is standard.

Given its focus “offroad” the Mercedes GLA has descent speed control, also having specific driving mode for these conditions to suit off-road driving. The transmission and throttle delivery to a condition fit offroad while the dash display also changes to show new parameters such as compass or degrees.

Mercedes_GLA_dm_carreteraA formula for success?

The Mercedes GLA 4 forms the option of a family of compact models 5 models. Next to Mercedes Class A, the Mercedes B-Class, the Mercedes and the new Mercedes CLA GLA May 1 we will find option that is expected to be the Mercedes CLA shooting brake version to follow in the footsteps of the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.

This family of compact models has already made in the first half of 2013 by 58% of the sales of 2013, recording 173 362 units in total. Special importance has been the Mercedes A-Class, a model that has been responsible for bringing a number of new customers to the brand, since about 50% of the buyers of the Mercedes A-Class were new to the brand.

Now it is his turn to show what he can to Mercedes GLA. With a rising segment, with models like the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, but approached from the perspective premium, with the support of a family of compact models also up, should not it be difficult to become a cornerstone in sales of the German mark.

In the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, we know the Mercedes GLA live. The first orders will be accepted and in November, giving as the first units in 2014.

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