Mercedes-Benz has released the 2020 GLA model as a competitor to the BMW X2.
The second-generation crossover model includes an AMG version.
One can expect the electric and plug-in hybrid versions very soon.
Mercedes-Benz GLA is a globally-renowned model with the original version selling more than a million units until date. The vehicle relates well to the Mercedes Benz A-Class model.
Now, Mercedes-Benz has released the second-generation GLA that sits between the 7-seater GLB SUV and the A-Class hatchback. Ola Kallenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz, comments that the second-generation GLA model is comparatively more efficient and safer to the existing model.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 will feature a 1.3L 163hp, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine at the entry-level. The 4WD variant draws its power from a 306hp 2L turbocharged engine. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 sports a 7-speed DCT that can race from 0 to 100kmph in 8.7 seconds while hitting a top speed of 211kmph.
One can expect an electric version of the vehicle in the future. This car could come with a 1.3L petrol-engine plug-in hybrid engine capable of delivering the power of 218hp. The vehicle will use a 15.6kWh Li-ion battery.
The released model comes with a ground clearance of 143mm, about 9mm higher than the existing model. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA exterior feature has rugged features as compared to other Mercedes models. It includes plastic cladding on the bumpers and wheel arches. The vehicle comes with a wheel size ranging from 17 to 20 inches.
The AMG version includes features like a new roof spoiler, Panamericana grille, and distinct tailpipes. The dimensions of the new GLA is 4410mmX2020mmX1161mm, thereby making it shorter and narrower than the existing model by 14mm and 2mm. However, this model is taller than the present model.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA interiors are similar to the other latest models from the brand. The crossover model comes with two 7-inch touchscreens, one each for the infotainment and instrument functions. The display system uses the Mercedes MBUX OS that supports both voice control and touchpad.
The front seats of this vehicle are at a higher level when compared to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The front headroom increases by 116mm, whereas there is less headroom at the rear. This vehicle comes with 116mm more legroom as compared to the existing model.
The boot capacity goes up by around 14 litres to 435 litres because the backrest sets up at a steeper angle than before. The boot aperture becomes wider by 85mm to 1272mm.
The car comes with McPherson Strut suspensions at the front and a multi-link arrangement or a torsion beam at the rear. The vehicle comes with a variable damping control option.
The high ground clearance enables the vehicle to come with a 4-wheel drive off-road version. The crossover comes with an innovative driving mode known as Downhill Speed Regulation.
One can expect the new GLA to be available for sale in the global markets by the second quarter of 2020. It could reach Indian shores by the end of next year.
The year 2020 has many Mercedes-Benz models lined up for a release in India. These vehicles include the GLE, GLS, and the A-Class sedan. On its launch, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA will compete with the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1.