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Mercedes Builds New Compact SUVs: the GLA 250 4MATIC and GLA 45 AMG

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When Mercedes-Benz set out to create an all-new, compact SUV, it combined innovative technology and design cues from its racing arm, AMG, and its experience in creating the first all-wheel drive vehicle. This combination has produced the Mercedes-Benz GLA- class. Offered as the GLA 250 4MATIC and the GLA 45 AMG, both feature a sleek, timeless design, with enough room for gear and passengers, yet a small enough footprint to mimic the handling of a well-appointed sedan.

The GLA 250 4MATIC at Mercedes-Benz of Tucson, features a 208-hp Direct Injection turbo 4-cylinder engine, paired with a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission with electronic shifter and steering wheel shift paddles, makes 258 lb-ft of torque, enough to power you and your guests out of the most intimidating of situations. Standard luxuries include a power liftgate and chrome load-in sill, mbrace, with smartphone app and available in-vehicle internet, and a 14-way power driver’s memory seat with three memory settings. Also standard is 4MATIC all-wheel drive with variable torque, Off-Road Package with pushbutton off-road program, and Electronic Stability Program, adaptive braking technology, Collision Prevention Assist Plus with autonomous braking, and Attention Assist, the driver drowsiness detection system.

Apart from all of the whiz-bang special effects, the GLA 250 4MATIC envelopes you in luxury from the moment you open the door and enter the cabin. The leather-wrapped steering wheel includes one-touch controls for numerous systems; the vents feature airplane-style aluminum rings, and the dash can be inlaid with hand-finished wood, in Burl Walnut or modern Satin Brown Poplar. Leather seating surfaces are hand-fitted and matched to the top-stitched leather dash. The GLA 250 comfortably seats five adults, and features up to 43.6 cubic feet of space when the rear seats lay flat.

Mercedes-Benz of Tucson also has the sportier version of the GLA, the 45 AMG. It features the most powerful 4-cylinder in production, the handcrafted 355-hp Direct Inject turbo. Controlled by the 7-speed AMG SpeedShift dual-clutch automatic transmission with AMG E-Select and shift paddles, the AMG racing signature is found in the deeper front air dam and rear valance, chiseled side sills, and 19″ AMG alloy wheels with the traditional red brake calipers. The interior features AMG deeply-bolstered sport seats, exclusive instruments and AMG-specific trim. Rounding out the AMG experience is an available AMG Driver’s package and Performance Suspension, and an upgrade to 20″ AMG wheels in silver or black. It also includes all of the features of the GLA 250 4MATIC, including all-wheel drive and leather seating surfaces.

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