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The 2015 GLA-Class Coming in 2014


Mercedes-Benz recently announced a new crossover that is even smaller than their compact GLK. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is distinctly the brand, with an upright front end, bold grille and the Mercedes badge prominently showcased.

The GLA’s styling includes soft lines that contribute to an overall aerodynamic silhouette. Although it doesn’t look nearly as aggressive as the concept version, its tall ride height and large wheel arches combined with standard chrome roof rails still give it a masculine feel. At 173.9 inches long and 58.8 inches tall, the new crossover is about 4 inches smaller and about 8 inches lower than the GLK, which you can find at Mercedes-Benz of Tucson. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, while 19s are optional.

Inside, a glossy black multimedia panel is front and center, powered by the Comand entertainment system and mbrace2 connectivity system. Also competing for attention are the brand’s hallmark air vents, integrated into a matte-finish, burled-wood multilayered dash. Alas, the production version ditched the concept’s temperature-dependent color-changing air vents.

Standard features include the Attention Assist drowsy driver detection system, a radar-based collision prevention assist system and the brake assist system. Newly available is the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system.  If a collision is detected, it can automatically brake the car at speeds up to 124 mph. Also optional are blind spot and lane keeping assist systems along with the Parktronic with Park Assist auto parking device.

Under the hood is a version of the new CLA sedan’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; in the GLA horsepower is rated at 208 and torque at 258 pounds-feet. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard, and Mercedes says the setup is good for a zero-to-60 sprint of 6.4 seconds and top speed of 145 miles per hour. Fuel economy figures haven’t been released, but an Eco mode with stop/start functionality is standard.   Power gets to the pavement through the front wheels or Mercedes’ optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Mercedes says the GLA-Class is the first to use the next generation of the 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system, which is lighter and more efficient than the previous version and offers fully variable torque distribution.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2015 GLA-Class will hit Mercedes-Benz dealership showrooms in the fall of 2014.


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