IAB Report – Mercedes-Benz GLA arrives in India for homologation


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The Mercedes-Benz GLA has arrived on Indian shores for homologation purposes and is mere months away from its launch.

Mercedes GLA at Auto Expo 2014
Mercedes-Benz showcased the production-version of the Mercedes GLA at the Auto Expo 2014.

A report from Import & Export data website Zauba.com says that two models of the compact SUV have been shipped over from Mercedes’ production facility in Germany. After debuting the production-version of the GLA when the concept car was promised at the Auto Expo, Mercedes-Benz has sent out the GLA 200 CDI and the GLA 200 Sport, discharged at the Nhava Sheva Sea Port.

The GLA 200 CDI features a four-cylinder 2.2-liter diesel engine that makes 134 hp and 300 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to either a 7-speed AT or a 6-speed manual gearbox (not offered on the India-spec A- and B-Class). The front-wheel driven GLA 200 CDI can hit 0-100 kph in 9.9 sec and onward to a top speed of 205 kph.

Mercedes GLA front three quarters left at Auto Expo 2014
Two variants have been brought down to India for homologation, the GLA 200 CDI and GLA 200 petrol.

The GLA 200 Sport is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter petrol engine that makes 154 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is also mated to the same gearboxes. The front-wheel driven petrol variant can get from 0-100 kph in 8.8 sec and onward to a top speed of 215 kph.

Mercedes GLA boot space at Auto Expo 2014
The Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV will be launched later in 2014.

Although four-wheel drive versions of the GLA, equipped with Mercedes’ 4MATIC systems are sold in Europe and other parts of the world, it looks like India will get only the front-wheel drive version.

Mercedes GLA Class – Image Gallery

[Source – Zauba]

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