Mercedes announces new GLA compact SUV

Mercedes GLA

MERCEDES HAS UNVEILED its new Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3 rival.

The latest addition to Mercedes’ SUV family, the A-Class-based GLA, will go on sale next year from around £25,000 and is aimed squarely at other premium small SUVs like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque.

Mercedes GLA

The GLA will initially be offered with a 156bhp 1.6 litre and 211bhp 2.0 litre petrol engines and 136bhp and 170bhp 2.2 litre diesel engines. The range topping 250 4MATIC is capable of 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 145mph, while the most frugal model in the range is the 200 CDI which is capable of 65.6 mpg combined, while outputting 114g/km CO2.

This efficiency is further helped by the GLA’s superior aerodynamics which incorporates underbody panelling, rear diffuser, aerodynamic mirrors and seals and radiator shutters in the front bumpers.

Mercedes GLA interior

Like most rivals, the GLA will be available with front-wheel-drive or Mercedes 4MATIC four-wheel-drive. Mercedes claims the GLA has an “extremely rigid body”, which combined with ESP, electromechanical power steering and the optional four-wheel-drive, provides safe and stable handling both on and off-road as well as high levels of comfort.

Mercedes GLA side

Standard equipment includes the Attention Assist drowsiness detection and radar-based Collision Prevention Assist systems; while options include Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Parking Assist and iPhone integration which includes Siri voice control and Glympse real-time location sharing.

The Mercedes GLA will make it’s public debut at the Frankfurt motorshow in September.

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