MERCEDES BENZ GLA
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLA attempts to ride on the success of its predecessor with an all-new design language and various improvements that transform the compact crossover into a more SUV-like model.
Based on the MFA2 (Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture) platform, which is shared with seven other compact Mercedes-Benz models, the new GLA has a brand new character. Higher than its predecessor by more than 10 centimeters, the new model offers increased headroom and even more legroom, despite being actually shorter than the model it replaces.
Also as a novelty, the models fitted with all-wheel-drive 4Matic now feature the so-called Off-Road Engineering Package as standard, which consists of an additional driving program, a downhill driving assist system and a special light function on the optional Multibeam LED headlights. The engine lineup comprises a host of new or improved four-cylinder engines on both gasoline and diesel flavor, sending their power to the front or both axles via a six-speed manual transmission or a 7- and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, depending on engine choice and trim level. Just like its other compact brothers, the second-generation GLA comes fitted as standard with the award-winning MBUX infotainment system, which can also be accessed via the central touchscreen.
A refresh for the Mercedes-Benz GLA arrived in 2017, targeting visual accentuation in the interior and exterior design along with updated equipment.
Modified bumpers, new wheel designs and the new attractive color “Canyon Beige” characterize the 2018 model at first glance. The GLA thus visually underlines its SUV genes to an even greater extent than before. The previously-optional bi-xenon headlamps have made way for efficient LED headlamps characterized by a color temperature similar to daylight. The interior gets new seat covers and trim parts along with new chromed control panels.
If back in the days Mercedes was focused on producing large executive saloons, the German carmaker made a step forward and joined the compact premium car market with its GLA.
Launched in 2013, the then-new compact crossover shared its platform with the Mercedes A Class.
Aesthetically, the GLA borrowed its design cues from other Mercedes vehicles in the lineup, including the CLA 4-door coupe.
Inside, the cabin’s design was familiar, with many elements taken from its siblings, such as the air vents, the gauges and many others. The steering-wheel-mounted gear knob offered even more interior space.
With great attention paid to details, the cabin was fitted with premium materials that looked very well put together in a classy manner.
Customers could choose between multiple powertrains available, from small diesel units to a powerful gasoline powerplant that developed 211 hp.
Even in the base version, the GLA was well equipped with standard 18-inch alloys, a stop-start system to lower the fuel consumption, air-conditioning, adaptive brake assist and even a collision prevention assist system.
Other numerous safety systems were available with the Lane Tracking package that included Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping Assist or Adaptive Highbeam Assist, as well as an Active Parking Assist system that allowed parallel parking.
The GLA scored really well when it came to the cargo area, offering 45% more trunk space than the A class and generally more than other vehicles in its class.