New GLA is expected Mercedes-Benz best-seller
Mercedes-Benz’s revised GLA is the eighth model in its line-up and is expected to be one of its most popular.
The new GLA combines the two highest-volume segments; compact cars and SUVs. Mercedes-Benz says that to date, more than six and a half million customers around the world have opted for a Mercedes-Benz SUV, and that therefore the new car will “become one of the brand’s most popular compact class models, only just behind the A-Class”.
The 1.33-litre petrol-powered GLA 200 offers combined fuel economy of 47.9-50.4mpg and combined CO2 emissions 129-135 g/km). This engine has cylinder shut-off to increase efficiency.
A 2.0-litre petrol turbo powers the top-of-the-range GLA 35, pushing out 225hp and economy of 37.7-38.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 170-171g/km.
Enhanced Driving Assistance Package includes driver alerts for cyclists and pedestrians in a number of scenarios, including detection near zebra crossings.
The new car has grown by 10cm in height, which Mercedes-Benz says allows for increased headroom and despite the car now being marginally shorter than previous (by one and a half centimetres, legroom is said to also be improved.
The car now includes 20-inch wheels as standard, while other design changes allow for easier access to the boot, for example, that’s been made wider.
The instrument panel consists of a basic volume, which features optical “cut-outs” in the driver and front passenger area. The cut-out on the driver’s side is dominated by the free-standing display unit, which is available in three variants: with two 7-inch displays, with one 7- and one 10.25-inch display and, in the Widescreen version, with two 10.25-inch displays. On the passenger side, the cut-out area is finished with a trim element.
The MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is also included as standard, which includes highlights such as a customisable presentation, full-colour head-up display, navigation with augmented reality, learning software, and “Hey Mercedes” voice control.
The new GLA is set to arrive at European dealerships in the spring of 2020.