Mercedes-AMG has revealed the second generation of its GLA compact crossover, which offers more power and new performance-oriented technology.
The new GLA45 was revealed late on Tuesday ahead of the world debut at next week’s Geneva International Motor Show. It’s confirmed to reach showrooms in late 2020 as a 2021 model.
The AMG GLA45 comes in two trim levels, although the more powerful version isn’t slated for a U.S. launch. Both use the company’s awesome M139 engine, fitted with a low-friction, twin-scroll turbocharger. The U.S.-bound model, the GLA45, makes 382 horsepower at 6500 rpm, with maximum torque rated at 345 lb-ft. The other, the GLA45 S, is rated at 415 horsepower.
Drivers can select from Basic, Advanced, Comfort, Pro, Master, and Sport AWD drive modes. An optimized suspension engineered for performance driving is standard, as is the AMG Ride Control adaptive damping system which allows drivers to choose between three suspension control modes.
A high-performance braking system featuring 4-piston fixed front calipers, while 1-piston floating calipers also comes standard. 6-piston front calipers are added when the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package is selected. A total of six AMD Dynamic Select drive modes, Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Race, are provided to drivers. Exterior styling is definitely more muscular than before, such as the clearly noticeable power domes on the hood and muscular shoulders over the wheel arches.
As usual with AMG vehicles, there’s a unique grille with vertical slats. LED high-performance headlights are standard, as are 19-inch light-alloy wheels with 10-spoke styling. A set of 21-inchers is optional. Other nice exterior touches include silver chrome inserts on the door panels and twin tailpipes encased in a wide rear diffuser. The roof spoiler is also functional.
The interiors of Mercedes’ latest compact cars are a big step above the competition, and this is certainly the case for the GLA45. There are digital screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, each measuring 10.25 inches across. The SUV also come with natural-speak voice activation, eight-way power adjustable front seats with memory function, a multi-function steering wheel, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
The GLA 45 will go on sale late this year. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but should arrive closer to the on-sale date.