After a few hints about, Mercedes-Benz GLA Compact SUV, with whom they wanted to attract public attention, Mercedes has released the first pictures and technical details of the new models of GLA. The model has the task of whizzing BMW and Audi, and the compact crossover vehicle arrives just months after the concept version. What will delight all those who liked the concept is that Mercedes has remained faithful to pre-production version. Such a decision must have contributed to the good reception that is encountered in the automotive public.
The most notable differences include the front bumper, radiator grille slightly tucked up and brake lights, and the rest is more or less the same. Serial Mercedes GLA will be available in two stylish options, depending on trim level. The first version has a easier solved front bumper with large side air vents, while the second variant of GLA get more pronounced front grille, different front bumper and more protective additives to lower the car and thresholds.
Like the concept, the back of both versions will be decorated by the roof spoiler and a diffuser in the lower bumper with two rectangular openings of exhaust pipes. Mercedes boast a drag coefficient of 0.29 and luggage compartment volume of 421 l, which doubles the folding rear seats. About the comfort of rear passengers in particular are taken into account, so they can also adjust the backrest. Although Mercedes GLA is not a typical SUV, the driver for demanding off-road has driving available Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) system. When it comes to interior design, Mercedes has found that winning combination of class A should not be changed, so it looks like the interior is practically copied from a smaller hatchback.
In a similar way there is the drive system, and the beginning of the offer will include two petrol and two diesels. Weaker model with a petrol engine, Mercedes GLA 200, is equipped with a 1.6 liter engine with 156 hp (115 kW) and 250 Nm, while the more powerful version, GLA 250, drive a 2.0 liter unit that produces 211 hp (155 kW) and 350 Nm of maximum torque. Choice of diesels includes models with 2.1 liter engines, and GLA 200 CDI with 136 hp (100 kW) and 300 Nm, and GLA 220 CDI with 170 hp (125 kW) and 350 Nm. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the optional versions GLA 250 and GLA 220 CDI can get and 4Matic all-wheel drive. The most powerful Mercedes GLA 250 with 4MATIC system is capable of 0 to 60mph comes in 6.5 s. Mercedes GLA will have an official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and in showrooms in Europe is expected in late 2013 or early in 2014.