After five years, the Mercedes-Benz GLA has been giving a refresh for the 2018 model year. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA model that sees a new design and power from the AMG GLA45.
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On the outside, are new bumpers, wheels and an exclusive color called “Canyon Beige”. Being a crossover/SUV, Mercedes wanted the new GLA to be more pronounced in its stance. To accomplish this, they added an optional off-road comfort suspension that raises the body by 30 mm. Now only does this increase its capabilities, but also makes it look more like an SUV.
But, looks are only part of the equation. The real attention grabber from Mercedes has to be the new 2018 AMG GLA45. This new performance crossover will give drivers a jolt of excitement through a redesigned exterior and a more potent engine. Powering this the AMG GLA45 is turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. With this much power, it sits high up in its segment as far as horsepower and torque goes.
Connected to engine of the GLA45 is an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sport transmission. When pushed, the transmission will allow for a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph.
If you’re interested in picking up a new GLA, you can pick one up starting this summer.
Technical data at a glance:
|Mercedes-Benz GLA250||Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC||Mercedes-AMG GLA45|
2.0L inline-4 turbo
2.0L inline-4 turbo
|Handcrafted AMG 2.0L inline-4 turbo|
|Displacement||1,991 cc||1,991 cc||1,991 cc|
|Output||208 hp @ 5,500 rpm||208 hp @ 5,500 rpm||375 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Peak torque||258 lb-ft @ 1,250–4,000||258 lb-ft @ 1,250–4,000||350 lb-ft @ 2,250-5,000 rpm|
Front Wheel Drive
Variable All-Wheel Drive
|Variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC with variable torque distribution|
|Transmission||7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission||7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed|
|Acceleration 0–60 mph (sec)||7.2||7.1||4.3|
|Top speed (mph)||130*||130*||*155 (167 with AMG Dynamic Plus Pkg.)|