Mercedes-Benz GLA revealed

August 14, 2013 | By | In News

Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers off the latest addition to its burgeoning model range, the GLA.

This new compact SUV is likely to start from around £25,000 when it arrives in UK showrooms in December. Early customers can expect their car to be delivered early in the new year.

It will go head to head with premium rivals the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque.

While the car closely follows the look of the Concept GLA, which was revealed four months ago, some of the styling has been toned down for the production model. However, the GLA remains heavily sculpted, with large door scallops and a dominating front grille.

It will be offered with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and a choice of front or four-wheel drive.

The entry level model will be badged he GLA200 and will use a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine developing 154bhp. A more powerful 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is offered in the GLA250.

Diesel drivers are catered for courtesy of 1.8 and 2.1-litre engines, which produce 134bhp and 168bhp respectively.

Front wheel drive models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic fitted to four-wheel drive versions.

As with the A-Class on which it is based, the GLA will offer credible fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Of the initial engine line-up the best performing is the GLA200 CDI, which will return 65.7mpg and emit just 114g/km of CO2.

Standard equipment is also likely to be generous, with even basic SE models expected to be equipped with DAB digital radio and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Prefer the sleeker look of the A-Class? You can search for a used one in our classifieds here.

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