Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mercedes has a new GLA…the urban hunter has grown up. From RM239,888
Three variants are available at launch including the the GLA 200 Urban Line, and GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line. At the pinnacle of the model series is the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, with a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and 475 Nm maximum torque. Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds, it is among the most powerful cars in its segment.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today proudly introduces its latest iteration of the ultimate urban hunter, the new generation GLA. Presented in three variants, the GLA 200 Urban Line, GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line and the powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, the new generation compact SUV receives a host of new exterior and interior upgrades, as well as an improved list of specifications for the Malaysian market. Striking, trim and muscular, the GLA is big on style with strong yet refined lines that are true to the character within.
The expressive design with a clear SUV character remains the most significant reason to buy for most customers, harmonising it with its technical performance. The GLA doesn’t outsize most SUVs on the road. Instead, it is engineered to outshine them. From safety firsts to flexible space to sporty fun, every facet of the GLA is a glimmer of genius.
“The new generation GLA with its unique character and progressive appearance is destined to become a style icon. With a sporting soul and a dynamic character combined with its stylish highlights, it is perfectly suited for an active lifestyle,” says Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
Sized to fit in. Styled to stand out.
Modified bumpers, additional light-alloy wheels and the new attractive colour “canyon beige” characterise the 2017 vintage at first glance. The GLA thus visually underlines its SUV genes to an even greater extent than before.
With a newly introduced off-road suspension (for the GLA 200 Urban Line and GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line) and many more on-and off-road characteristics, the compact SUV is now geared better than ever to tread all situations.
The GLA 200 is equipped with the Urban line, offering selected exterior and interior features to underscore the vehicle’s sporty character. Together with 19-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with a high-sheen finish, the GLA creates dynamic highlights from every angle. The Night Package offers selected design features in black – from the two louvres in the radiator grille through exterior mirrors and light-alloy wheels to the simulated underguard.
The AMG Line on the GLA 250 4MATIC combines perfectly coordinated features to enhance the sportiness and exclusivity of the vehicle even further. Dynamic looks from all angles are ensured with the powerful AMG bodystyling, a radiator grille with two louvres painted in silver and chrome inserts, and also the twin-pipe sports exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements integrated into the bumper. Its 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, perforated brake disks at the front and brake callipers at the front with Mercedes-Benz lettering round off the striking exterior.
The characteristic distinguishing feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert plus flics in high-gloss black. These guide the cooling air flows to the vehicle radiators even more effectively. The twin louvre on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. Eye-catching features at the tail end are the new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim in high gloss black and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler. It helps improve the driving dynamics of the GLA 45 4MATIC. The GLA 45 4MATIC features 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels.
With the GLA, yet another model series is set to become the leader in its segment with respect to aerodynamic efficiency. The good flow characteristics, which contribute decisively to the low fuel consumption in everyday conditions and a pleasantly discreet noise level even at higher speeds, was achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimisations in the high-pitched wind tunnel in Sindelfingen.
These include a low A-pillar step with corresponding A-pillar geometry and aerodynamically optimised exterior mirror housings. The generously sized trim on the main floor, an additional trim in the centre section of the rear axle and even an aerodynamically optimised rear silencer with a connected diffuser improve the flow of air beneath the underbody. An elaborate roof spoiler lip, specially shaped tail lights plus discreet side rear spoilers also ensure that the air flow at the tail end is aerodynamically optimal. Due to the many optimisations it was possible to improve the Cd value from the previous 0.29 to 0.28.
Interior: Fine touches
The attractively styled interior of the GLA with high-quality materials and excellent workmanship is enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The free-standing 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display is familiarly slim and is easily legible, as are the new dials with red needles. The controls for switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors have been given small yet effective highlights and the stowage compartment in the centre console is also surrounded by a chrome frame. In addition the nozzle rings are more strongly accentuated and thus underscore the harmonious SUV touch in the interior.
For the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, the interior has been similarly upgraded. The dashboard is covered as standard with ARTICO man-made leather and has been given exclusive highlights with red contrasting topstitching. A further highlight is the generously sized trim, extending over virtually the entire width of the car: its fundamental structure is printed matt with a high-gloss surface and it bears AMG lettering. The instrument cluster has been given a new number design and the speedometer is divided into 30 km/h stages. New needles with a black needle centre and the chrome frame around the gear display also ensure an autonomous cockpit experience.
Safety first: warning assistance
Vehicle safety is the top priority at Mercedes-Benz. The GLA has the “Active Brake Assist” as standard: it warns the driver if there is not sufficient distance to the vehicle in front and if required, delivers situation-appropriate braking. If the system detects that the driver is reacting too late, it initiates autonomous braking in order to prevent the collision or minimise the consequences. The GLA also has the “ATTENTION ASSIST” as standard: it can detect typical signs of drowsiness via the steering behaviour and warn the driver about an impending microsleep.
Agile and dynamic performance
Comfortable, sporty, efficient or completely individual suspension settings can be dialled-in with the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel. The selection of a particular transmission mode changes parameters such as the characteristics of the engine, transmission, steering and suspension. A choice of 5 different transmission modes to suit personal preference – Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and additionally Off-road in conj. with 4MATIC (for GLA 250 4MATIC).
The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Thanks to the shorter ratios selected in gears three to seven the driver senses an even more emotively appealing acceleration experience in all speed ranges. Together with optimised response and shift times, the closer ratio spread ensures better transitions when upshifting.
The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC: Born to perform, developed to outperform.
Mercedes-AMG is continuing its model initiative with full steam ahead and is enhancing the GLA 45 4MATIC both visually and technically. The characteristic distinguishing feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert in silver chrome plus flics in high-gloss black. These guide the cooling air flows to the vehicle radiators even more effectively. LED High Performance headlamps are part of the standard host of equipment including a multi-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheel.
With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and 475 Nm maximum torque the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of 100 km/h is achieved from standstill after just 4.4 seconds. The extremely agile 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine blends its thrilling performance and the exemplary efficiency with a further best: the power-to-swept-volume ratio of 141 kW (191 hp) marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders – it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars.
One of the high-tech components of the four-cylinder turbo engine is the spray-guided direct petrol injection. Piezo injectors centrally located in the four combustion chambers inject the fuel at a pressure of up to 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multi-spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The twin-scroll turbocharger and maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system improve the charge pressure build-up, and therefore the engine’s response to the accelerator.
On the road the turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotional engine note. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode. With the AMG performance exhaust system the sound is even sportier through the modified structure of the muffler system and it thus intensifies the emotively appealing sound experience. It can be regulated via selection of the drive program or via a switch. In the interior the impressive sound can be experienced even more intensely at the touch of a button through the more powerful intake noise of the engine.
The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed sports transmission. Thanks to the shorter ratios selected in gears three to seven the driver senses an even more emotively appealing acceleration experience in all speed ranges. Together with optimised response and shift times, the closer ratio spread ensures better transitions when upshifting.
For optimum traction even in poor road surface conditions the standard all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC transfers the drive power to all wheels. The torque is steplessly variably distributed to the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation. A multiple-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle differential with AMG-specific control passes on the engine torque to the rear wheels in a flash should the front wheels lose traction. The spectrum ranges from purely front-wheel drive to the ratio of 50 to 50 percent to the front and rear wheels. With a fuel consumption of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) Mercedes-AMG is at the same time reinforcing its pioneering role where efficiency is concerned.
Simple and flexible way to finance the new generation GLA.
Mercedes-Benz Financial is offering two attractive financing packages for the new generation GLA. The attractive Hire Purchase Classic package starts from 1.88% to 2.28%* with tenure ranges from 3 to 7 years.
Mercedes-Benz Financial also offers flexible Agility Financing that comes with so many benefits. Agility Financing is a secure financing option for customers as the future value of the car is guaranteed by Mercedes-Benz.
With Agility Financing, customers enjoy cash flow flexibility. The instalment for five years Agility Financing plan based on 20,000km mileage per year, 10% downpayment for the GLA 200 Urban Line, is at RM 3,235* per month which is lower compared to the conventional financing plan. At the end of the agreement, customer is in control with the options to settle or extend a financing contract or even return their vehicles and upgrade to newer models.
For more details about the finance packages, call 1-800-22-6237 or download the myMBFS app from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store to estimate the montly instalments for the GLA.
* Terms and conditions apply.
The new generation Mercedes-Benz GLA at a glance:
|GLA 250 4MATIC
|GLA 45 4MATIC
|Number of cyl./
(hp at rpm)
|156 at 5,300
|211 at 5500
|381 at 6000
(Nm at rpm)
|250 at 1250-4000
|350 at 1200-4000
|475 at 2250-5000
|Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)
|6.6 – 6.5
|Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
|135 – 131
|155 – 152
0-100 km/h (s)
|Top speed (km/h)
|Price (OTR w/o Insurance)
*Price is inclusive of GST.