The German manufacturer Audi and BMW have existed in India since a long time with smaller size of their Sports Utility Vehicle (SUVs) in the form of X3, Q3, X1 and the likes. Mercedes-Benz, who was present in the country with only bigger size M-Class and GL-Class, is planning to enter the compact SUV market with its own creation; the GLA-Class.
The GLA is based on the platform of the recently launched A-Class, which took the market by surprise and pumped the sales by a huge number after its launch. Mercedes has been doing aggressive marketing in India and brining many new inventories to the country. The company will soon launch the SLK AMG 55 in the country.
The GLA looks brilliantly sculptured. The massive front fascia gives GLA that aggressive face. The brilliant two-horizontal silver lines form the grille, while the massive air-dams makes the vehicle look more like a monster. The GLA carries the DNA from its elder sibling GL and looks more confident with its compact and sleeker design. The headlamps with strategically placed Day Time Running Lamps (DRL), form the eyebrow of the SUV and makes the car so lively.
The GLA is modern and more youthful. The bonnet carries creases which dissolves subtly to the windscreen makes the vehicle soothing to look, while a strong muscular line on the body, which starts right from the point where DRL ends and stretches to the C-pillar for the SUV makes the vehicle so much more aggressive.
The GLA will carry three engine options – a 1.6 liter petrol engine which produces a maximum power of 156 bhp and a 2.0 liter petrol working to make a maximum of 211 bhp. The 2.1 liter diesel option will be available with the diesel trims and will have different power outputs of 136 bhp and 170 bhp for the top of the line diesel model.
For the first time, GLA made the public appearance in as a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show and later was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now the company has showcased the 2015 GLA at the Los Angeles motor show. The GLA will get into European market in early next year and then will find its way to India.