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Mercedes Benz GLA-Class to launch in October

Snapshot: Merc dealers have started taking booking orders for the baby-SUV at Rs 2 lakh.

In a surprise move, Mercedes Benz India not only showcased the European-spec production vehicle of its smallest SUV at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, but also confirmed that the GLA-Class will grace the Indian shores before the end of 2014. Staying true to its word, Mercedes Benz India is now prepping to roll out the GLA Compact Crossover in the country this festive season in October. The Merc dealerships across the country have already started taking booking orders for the model and the booking amount is said to be Rs 2 lakh. 

Based on the MFA platform as the A- and the B-Class, the GLA-Class will become Merc’s smallest and cheapest SUV offering yet. On the outside, the GLA sports striking features, clear contours and smooth surfaces, while maintaining a balance between modernity and avant-garde. The prominent front end of the SUV with a central star lends a muscular and superior impression to the GLA. Add to it the diamond-pattern grille, the sporty bonnet, the LED daytime running lights and the drooping roofline and you have the a very sculpted looking Mercedes Benz SUV. 

On the inside, all the trim surfaces have been galvanised in silver shadow for material authenticity. The dashboard consists of an upper and lower section, five round air vents and a large free-standing high-gloss display in piano-black. A 3-spoke steering wheel with 12 function keys come as standard. The baby-SUV will come loaded with tech features, a wide range of seat upholsteries and colour options and a long list of customisation options. 

Powering the GLA-Class in India could be a 1.6-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that is rated at 154PS and 250Nm and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 154PS of max power and 300Nm of peak torque. Both engine come coupled to a 7-Speed dual-clutch gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.

In the Indian market. the Mercedes Benz GLA-Class will rival the likes of Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Volvo V40 Cross Country. Expect the model to carry a price tag ranging between Rs 27 lakh and Rs 32 lakh. 

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