The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC, this performance model is the seventh member of the automaker’s compact family to wear the ’35’ designation, following the A-Class hatch, A-Class sedan, A-Class L sedan for China, CLA Coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLB SUV.
As with the models, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 306 PS (302 HP) at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 – 4,000 rpm.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA, launched for 2014, quickly received a new competitor, the BMW X2. This was soon followed by the Audi Q3 and, more recently, the Lexus UX. Daimler realized that a complete redesign was needed to keep its baby crossover competitive. And here it is. The all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA has arrived and though it’s smaller on the outside than its predecessor and competitors, it surpasses them all in every other dimension. Combined with a gorgeous new exterior and interior design, the German automaker has a future sales hit on its hands.
Mercedes’ interior have come a long way in a very short period of time and the new GLA is no exception. Technology plays a central role, as does luxury. Mercedes describes the instrument panel as having optical “cut-outs” in the driver and passenger area. On the driver’s side, the cut-out features a free-standing display unit available in two sizes: two 7-inch displays and two 10.25-inch displays. The passenger’s cut-out is finished in a high-quality material. The MBUX infotainment system is standard.
Mercedes has also raised the seating position for the driver and front passenger while the rear seats can be optionally adjusted by 5.5-inches. Behind the rear seats, cargo space has also been increased, and this can be further expanded by the 40:20:40 folding rear seat. As expected, the new GLA is packed with several advanced driver-assistance and safety systems such as Active Distance Assist, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist.
The engine is hooked to an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode that sends power to all four wheels via the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive.
Other features worth mentioning include the AMG Dynamic Select with five drive programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual), AMG Dynamics integrated dynamic handling control system, steering with special rack and variable ratio, upgraded braking system and AMG suspension tuned for high cornering speeds. The AMG Ride Control adaptive damping system is optional.
Mercedes plans to have the 2021 GLA in dealerships by 2020 summer.