Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission
Power: 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
0-60: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 145 mph
Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled what the new GLA-Class will look like. Is it similar to everything we have seen up until this point? Most certainly. Is that a bad thing? Definitely not.
The new crossover looks surprisingly sleek and stylish, but what did you expect from the famous Bavarian automaker? From the front’s available LED daytime running, all the way back to the curved rear window and roof spoiler, the GLA looks sporty, dramatic and ever-so stylish. However, the GLA’s shape isn’t just for looks, as it also has incredible aerodynamics.
Inside of the GLA, Mercedes-Benz has included their trademark luxurious touches. All trim surfaces are galvanized in silver-shadow, giving the cabin a metallic, yet refined feeling. Seats can be upholstered in the standard MB-Tex or an array of leather, and color combinations are endless. A free-standing media display sticks out from the dashboard, and is used for controlling your iPhone and various other commodities.
A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is used to power the GLA250 4MATIC and front-wheel-drive GLA250, boasting 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The GLA250 4MATIC is able to print from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds with this engine and has a top speed of 145 mph. Transferring this power to all the wheels in the 4MATIC is a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
Because the GLA-Class is a crossover, it still has some SUV attributes. The chassis of the GLA has a McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension, with three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel. 4MATIC models are also equipped with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation), and an off-road transmission mode as standard. The DSR allows the driver to travel down a hill while maintaining a slow and steady pace at the same time. The off-road transmission is used to modify the accelerator and gearshift points to better the driver’s off-road experience. Also, the media display unit can be switch to an off-road display, showing the steering angle, roll-angle, gradient in percent and activation of the DSR.
Don’t expect to see the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC until the fall of 2014, and the front-wheel-drive GLA250 until early 2015. Prices are still under wraps.
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