The media and prospective buyers have given Mercedes ’ new compact crossover — the GLA-Class — a lot of attention lately. And whenever there’s a new Mercedes like the GLA-Class , one can expect Brabus to start work on a tuning program for it. Like its past projects on other Mercedes vehicles, Brabus understands how to turn up the heat with its aftermarket programs. In this particular case, Brabus not only brings out the GLA-Class’ untapped performance credentials, but does so while looking classy and luxurious.
It’s hard not to love the GLA-Class, especially when an aftermarket company like Brabus gets its hands on it. The strikingly designed exterior that carries distinctive highlights showcases a GLA-Class that looks as comfortable in city streets as it is taking on some light off-road duties.
And don’t forget, Brabus always pays premium importance on giving its programs hefty performance increases and the GLA-Class is no different. Think the GLA-Class’ standard 208 horsepower is enough for Brabus?
Think again, fellas. Think again.
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2015 Mercedes GLA-Class By Brabus in detail
On the outside, you can immediately spot all the upgrades Brabus gives to the GLA-Class.The front section, in particular, has the tuner’s fingerprints all over it. Brabus modified the central insert of the front bumper to make it look like there’s an additional front spoiler. A deeper look at the front bumper and you’ll notice new attachments for the side air inlets, again showcasing more pronounced aesthetics that make the GLA look sportier and more athletic.
On the rear, Brabus attached a new spoiler to the hatch, and a new rear bumper insert creates the same aggressive visual aesthetic. This rear-end modification complements the reworked front section of the compact crossover nicely. Finally, the tuner slapped on a new exhaust system to give the GLA-Class an aggressive exhaust note to match its new look.
A big part of any Brabus program is a new set of wheels. In the case of the GLA, the German tuner offers wheels ranging from 18 to 21 inches. The biggest of this list are the Platinum Edition wheels, which are available in either a Monoblock F or a Monoblock R design.
Here’s where the program really gets serious. Thanks to its own ECO PowerXtra D3 performance kit, Brabus increases the output of the 2.1-liter, diesel-powered GLA 200 CDI to a tidy 210 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. That’s a huge bump from the diesel GLA’s standard 136 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This power bump allows the compact crossover to hit 62 mph in eight seconds and go with a top speed of 137 mph. That’s a full two seconds faster to 62 mph and and 10 mph faster than the base GLA 200 CDI.
But even that is nowhere near as impressive as the performance kit Brabus gave to the turbocharged GLA 45 AMG. That one makes use of the company’s PowerXtra CGI B45 tuning kit, increasing the output to an impressive 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque — 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet more than the stock model. With that kit in tow, the high-powered GLA 45 hits 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 168 mph. That 0.4 seconds quicker to 62 mph and 13 mph faster than the stock model.
Unfortunately, the GLA 250 doesn’t receive much love, as Brabus offers only a sport exhaust system with a butterfly valve for sound tuning. Brabus reports no power increases for the GLA 250 with this exhaust kit.
Very impressive, to say the least.
Brabus also offers a host of interior options for the GLA-Class, beginning with bi-color, stainless-steel scuff plates with a "BRABUS" logo, matte-anodized BRABUS aluminum pedals, door-lock pins, and BRABUS Race aluminum shift paddles.
The GLA-Class rolls into production for the 2015 model year. In the U.S., we will get the GLA250 and the GLA45 AMG. The former uses a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the latter houses a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Gallery Mercedes GLA45 AMG
The Mercedes GLA-Class has hit the showrooms and BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) presents an exclusive refinement program that leaves nothing to be desired.
It not only includes a strikingly styled designer outfit with distinctive off-road highlights and tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock wheels with diameters of up to 21 inches: BRABUS also offers suspension components that allow lowering or raising the ride height of the compact SUV to suit the individual owner’s personal preferences. In addition, there is powerful engine tuning producing up to 294 kW / 400 horsepower (394 bhp), stainless-steel sport quad exhausts and custom interior options.
It goes without saying that all components come with the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013).
The BRABUS designers have developed styling elements to lend the new small Mercedes SUV exciting off-road looks. They are available for the GLA-Class in Standard, Style and Urban specifications. BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components for the models in AMG Line specification are under development. All components are manufactured in OEM quality from high-grade PUR plastics.
The BRABUS front element is designed to replace the central insert of the front bumper and tapers off on both sides like an additional front spoiler. This creates a perfect visual symbiosis of powerful off-road design with stylized underride guard and aerodynamic-enhancement component. In addition, BRABUS attachments for the side air inlets in the front bumper lend the front of the SUV an even more distinctive appearance.
To make getting in and out easier while also making it safer in the dark, the BRABUS engineers have developed a concealed LED lighting system that is activated with the keyless remote or by pulling on a door handle.
The rear end of the GLA is upgraded with a rear spoiler that attaches to the hatch, and the BRABUS rear bumper insert that mimics the underride guard design of the front element. Tailor-made cutouts in the rear element provide the perfect backdrop for the four tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust with hallmark BRABUS design.
A decisive part in the exclusive appearance is played by the BRABUS alloy wheels in OEM quality. The lineup of tailor-made tire/wheel combinations ranges from 18 to 21 inches in diameter.
The largest option available for the compact Mercedes SUV features forged BRABUS 9Jx21 “Platinum Edition” wheels. Customers have a choice of two distinctive designs, Monoblock F and R. The matching high-performance street tires are supplied by BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA up to size 255/30 R 21.
Raised or lowered? BRABUS offers both options for the GLA-Class. Many owners of this SUV wish for a moderately raised ride height to make getting in and out even more comfortable and to have even better SUV-like sightlines in traffic. For these customers the BRABUS suspension engineers have developed a suspension kit that raised the ride height of the GLA by about 30 millimeters (1.2 inches).
For even more dynamic handling in on-road operations there are also BRABUS sport springs that lower the ride height of the Mercedes GLA-Class by about 25 millimeters (1 inch).
As the company with the world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz cars, BRABUS of course also offers performance kits for the new compact SUV. Like all BRABUS engine variants they offer a perfect combination of performance, refinement, exemplary eco-friendliness and durability beyond reproach. BRABUS recommends MOTUL high-performance lubricants.
BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D3 – that is the designation of a particularly efficient performance kit for the common-rail turbodiesel engine of the Mercedes GLA 220 CDI.
The plug-and-play installation of the meticulously calibrated BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D3 auxiliary control unit results in an extra 30 kW / 40 horsepower (40 bhp). With a power output of 155 kW / 210 horsepower (208 bhp) and a peak torque of 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) the agile diesel model sprints from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.0 seconds. Top speed increases to 220 km/h (137 mph).
A BRABUS PowerXtra module also boosts the power output of the four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline models of the GLA-Class. The product lineup culminates in the BRABUS PowerXtra CGI B45 tuning kit for the GLA 45. After the installation of the BRABUS PowerXtra module the top-of-the-line model puts out 294 kW / 400 horsepower (394 bhp) and produces a peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). As a result the all-wheel-drive power-SUV accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds and in conjunction with the BRABUS V/max unit reaches a top speed of SUV 270 km/h (168 mph).
The all-stainless BRABUS sport exhaust with two chrome-plated tailpipes on either side is available for almost all diesel and gasoline engines. The exhaust produces a sportier but by no means obtrusive exhaust note. A BRABUS sport exhaust with controlled butterfly valve is optionally available for the GLA 250. It allows tuning the engine sound from discreet to markedly sporty.
BRABUS also offers numerous refinement options for the interior. Bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with BRABUS logo – also available with optional lighting – are part of the product range as are matt-anodized BRABUS aluminum pedals, door-lock pins and BRABUS Race aluminum shift paddles.