The Mercedes GLA will be available in dealerships across Europe from the middle of March next year. Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the GLA is the entry-level crossover from Mercedes set to rival the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo V40 Cross Country.
Based on the same MFA platform that underpins the A-, B- and CLA-Class, the GLA will be offered with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts. Order books for the GLA open on November 29th and Mercedes have also announced the pricing of all GLA variants.
The base GLA 200 has a starting price of EUR 29,303.75 (INR 24.81 lakhs) and comes with front-wheel drive only. The four-wheel drive GLA 250 4MATIC has a price of EUR 37,496.9 (INR 31.75 lakhs). At the time of the launch, a diesel-powered GLA 200 CDI would also be available at EUR 32,130 (INR 27.21 lakhs).
As is the tradition with Mercedes-Benz, a special limited edition series called the Launch Edition 1 would be available on the GLA. The edition sees feature additions such as 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, dual exhausts, Bi-Xenon headlights, aluminium roof rails and so on.
The five-member SUV family from Mercedes-Benz now includes the GLA, GLK, ML, G and GL Classes. Even as we speak, the company is working on the next generation GLK (which will be made in left and right-hand drive configurations and hence would come to India) and a new SUV with a coupe styling to rival the BMW X6.
The GLA will be launching in India by late 2014 or in early 2015.