Mercedes-Benz made available the first details of the new GLA-Class a compact SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This is the fourth of a total of five new compact models from Mercedes-Benz the GLA-Class joins the new A-Class, B-Class and CLA-Class boosting its chances of taking sales from other brands.
The GLA-Class measures five inches longer than the A-Class and less than two inches taller and will initially be available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, in addition to an optional all-wheel drive. The 136bhp GLA 200 CDI is expected to offer Co2 emissions from 114g/km and fuel consumption of 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, while the 211bhp GLA 250 is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. All the engines feature the Eco start/stop function as standard.
The luggage area has a low sill wide tailgate, which can be specified with automatic opening and closing. Standard-fit features for the GLA-Class include Attention Assist drowsiness detection and radar-based Collision Prevention Assist with adaptive Brake Assist, which now helps to protect against collisions from a speed of 4mph.
Established assistance systems, such as the optional Lane Tracking package with Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist or Adaptive High beam Assist, are also available for the GLA. Active Parking Assist (optional) allows automatic parking in parallel and end-on parking spaces. Prices will be revealed closer to the cars launch, with orders being taken in November for 2014 delivery.
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