Mercedes-Benz India has today announced the launch of the new GLA in the domestic market and is priced from ₹ 42.10 lakh for the entry-level GLA 200 petrol and goes all the way up to ₹ 57.30 lakh. The GLA 200d costs ₹ 43.70 lakh while the GLA 220d 4Matic is priced at ₹ 46.70 lakh(all prices, ex-showroom, pan-India).
The prices are introductory and from July 1, 2021 onwards they will be increased by up to ₹ 1.50 lakh. The GLA 35 AMG 4Matic comes through the CKD(Completely-Knocked Down) route and becomes the third locally assembled AMG model.
Mercedes offers an eight-year extended warranty on engine and transmission with the new generation GLA range along with a three-year comprehensive vehicle warranty.
On the design front, the car has grown more aggresive and bold-looking. The grille is a diamond-studded pattern with chrome slats, redesigned LED headlights with integrated DRLs and so on. It looks certainly more rugged than model it replaces. The car is 104mm taller and has a 30mm longer wheelbase thn the previous generation.
Meanwhile, the GLA 35 AMG is more aggressive with redesigned bumper section, wider air dams, 19-inch alloy wheels, Panamericana grille with vertical slats, and more.
The cabin is all new and is well equpeed especialy in its top trim. It features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch MBUX infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, wireless charger, powered front seats with memory function, 64 colour ambient lightning and a sunroof too.
Let’s move on to the drivetrain options.
The standard GLA is available with both petrol and diesel engine option. The petrol engine is a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit producing 163 HP and 250 Nm of torque. It comes paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission and is only offerent in the front-wheel-drive(FWD).
The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit producing 190 HP and 400 Nm of torque. It comes paired with a 8-speed DCT(dual-clutch transmission) gearbox and be had as a FWD or Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive layout.
Last but not the least is the performance focused GLA 35 4Matic which is equipped with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a healthy 306 HP and 400 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to all four wheels via a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
The new GLA rivals the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, Mini Countryman, and the Audi Q3
Let me know your pick.