IAB Report – Mercedes GLA to launch with 2 engine options; AMG variant coming next month
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To come with front wheel drive only.
Mercedes-Benz India will launch its entry-lever crossover, the GLA, on September 30. The A Class-based crossover will be available with a petrol and diesel engine, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox sending drive to the front wheels. An all wheel drive variant will not be seen on the regular GLA for now. However, the GLA 45 AMG with Mercedes’s 4MATIC system will be introduced in India next month.
The GLA petrol (GLA 200) sources power from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 181 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,200 – 4,000 rpm. The diesel model (GLA 200 CDI) is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder making 135 bhp at 3,400 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,400 – 3,000 rpm.
The GLA’s feature list will have 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sliding sunroof, twin-pipe exhaust system, 183 mm ground clearance, ambient lighting, ARTICO upholstery, rear seat armrest, rear seat entertainment package (optional), 7 airbags, ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), ABS, BAS, ESP, curve dynamic assist and Hill start assist.
The GLA measures 4,417 mm in length, 1,804 mm in width, 1,494 mm in height and 2,699 mm in wheelbase. The car has a 421 liter boot.
Competitors: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo V40 Cross Country
Expected Price: INR 27-32 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: September 30, 2014