Mercedes’ smallest crossover yet is about to get a facelift

The Mercedes-Benz GLA was launched for the 2014 model year as the company’s smallest crossover to date. Sharing the same platform with the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA four-door coupe, it’s the SUV equivalent of the A-Class hatchback, which is why it’s wearing the "GLA" badge. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which were launched earlier on the market, the GLA slots below the GLC in the lineup. Powered by four-cylinder engines exclusively, the crossover is available with both gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe. In the U.S., however, only a gasoline mill is offered, alongside the beefed-up AMG version. The GLA received its mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the facelift is rather mild inside and out. Minor nips and tucks do little to change the vehicle’s overall appearance, while the cabin boasts new trim, upgraded technology, and some new features. Drivetrain-wise, the GLA carries over unchanged, which is a bit disappointing with a more powerful BMW X1 in showrooms. Of course, crossovers need to check more important boxes, and the GLA does that with the revised model, but will it be enough to give the X1 and Q3 a run for their money?

Find out in my review below and make sure you check out our photos of the Mercedes-Benz GLA from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes GLA.

Exterior

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The first thing that catches the eye is the new headlamp design, which features a new LED strip that extends from the upper outer corner toward the lower inner extremity. Called LED High Performance, the new headlamps are optional on the GLA250, replacing the previously available bi-xenon headlamps. Mercedes says that these headlamps are characterized by a color temperature similar to daylight and "relieve the strain on the eyes when driving at night." Their energy consumption is also lower, at around 60 percent less than xenon and 70 percent less than halogen.

The grille is also new, sporting horizontal slats finished in black. This grille is offered on the more expensive trims as standard and optional on the base model, but it’s pretty cool and gives the small crossover a more rugged, SUV-like stance.

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The GLA gained styling cues from the A-Class and elements from larger Mercedes crossovers.

More significant changes can be seen in the bumper, starting with the new foglamps that replaced the previous side grilles. The main intake is also larger, while the lower bumper also seems to have borrowed the more utilitarian cues of the larger Mercedes-Benz crossovers.

Moving onto the sides, we can see new wheel designs, while the rear fascia received slightly revised taillights and bumper. A new color, Canyon Beige, was added to the palette. The optional Night Package adds 19-inch AMG wheels and black window trim, exterior mirrors, roof rails, and exhaust tips, as well as sportier exterior accents.

All told, the revised GLA gained styling cues from the car it is based on, the A-Class hatchback, as well as elements from larger crossovers for a more SUV-like appearance.

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Exterior Comparison: New GLA vs Old GLA

COMPETING DESIGNS

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Launched in 2009, the BMW X1 is the car that started this whole compact luxury crossover trend. As a result, it’s the vehicle that Mercedes-Benz used as a benchmark and the GLA’s most important competitors. In its second generation since 2015, the X1 (left) is fairly new to the market, having been launched for the 2016 model year. Redesigned from the ground up, it gained a sportier, more appealing exterior similar to its bigger siblings, the X3 and X5. Although I’m not a big fan of its styling and proportions, I must admit that the second-gen looks way better than the first model, which was arguably the ugliest Bimmer on the market between 2009 and 2015. Among the pros compared to the GLA I would list its seemingly more solid stance (far from being a perched-up hatchback) and the aggressive looking front end. However, the GLA feels a bit more elegant and looks more dynamic when seen from the sides or the rear.

The GLA feels a bit more elegant and looks more dynamic when seen from the sides or the rear.

Moving over to the Audi Q3 (right), it was also introduced before the GLA. Around since 2011, it received a healthy makeover for the 2017 model year with plenty of new features for each trim. Although the overall design hasn’t changed much, the Q3 looks quite fresh and the new black trim sets it apart not only from the larger Q5 and Q7, but also from its German competitors. On the flipside, the Q3 looks a bit chunky and doesn’t feel as sporty as the GLA and X1. But if you’re looking for a small crossover that goes into hatchback territory, the Audi is the vehicle you need to consider.

BMW X1 Audi Q3 Mercedes GLA
Wheelbase (Inches) 108.7 102.5 106.3
Length (Inches) 175.4 172.8 173.9
Width (Inches) 71.7 72.1 79.6 (with mirrors)
Height (Inches) 62.9 79.5 60.0

Note: current Mercedes GLA exterior dimensions listed here.

Interior

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Much like the exterior, the remained unchanged overall, but gained a few new features here and there. Upgrades include a revised instrument cluster with red dials, a free-standing infotainment display with a bigger, eight-inch screen, as well as new seat covers and trim elements. The GLA also gained chrome control panels, silver chrome highlights for the switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors, and a chrome frame for the stowage compartment in the center console.

The refreshed infotainment system includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, as well as Mirrorlink, and it also displays images from the 360-degree camera, an exclusive feature in this segment.

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Much like the exterior, the remained unchanged overall, but gained new features here and there.

The Interior Package with standard sports seats remains optionally available, just like on the outgoing model. Hands-Free Access, another exclusive features in this segment, is available at extra cost. With this device, the trunk can be opened and closed by moving the foot under the rear bumper. The procedure can be completed at any time and any potential obstacles stop the process immediately.

Dimensions remains unchanged, meaning buyers will get the same headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. The same goes for trunk capacity, but this isn’t exactly good news as the GLA offers significantly less luggage room than its competitors. But more about this in the competition section below.

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Interior Comparison: New GLA vs Old GLA

THE COMPETITION

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The Q3 has what it takes to give the GLA and X3 a run for their money.

The X1 (left) comes with a fairly fresh interior for the 2018 model year, but the design that BMW introduced in 2015 is evolutionary and the lines of its predecessor ar still obvious. The dashboard layout is clean and simple, with all the features grouped on the wide center stack. Just like the GLA, the base model comes with cloth seats and not that many fancy features, but build quality is good. Going with a more expensive trim will bring you leather on the seats and steering wheel, among other surfaces on the dash, gear shifter, and door panels. A large, 8.8-inch infotainment screen is available as an option, as is the 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and panoramic moonroof.

While the X1’s interior layout is closer to that of an SUV, the Q3 (right) feels more like a hatchback on the inside, mostly thanks to the slanted, more organic design of the dashboard and the more car-oriented configuration of the center console. Overall, the Q3 comes with a mix of high-quality fit and finish, simple design, and elegant features as far as styling goes. When it comes to premium features, the Q3 has what it takes to give the GLA and X3 a run for their money, with plenty of leather and Alcantara options to choose from, as well as aluminum look finish on certain trim levels.

BMW X1 Audi Q3 Mercedes GLA
Headroom (inches) 41.9 37.0 38.4
Legroom, front/rear (inches) 40.4/37.0 40.0/31.1 40.2/27.1
Shoulder room, front/rear (inches) 55.6/55.2 55.8/53.6 56.0/53.2
Cargo capacity (cu ft) 27.1–58.7 16.7-48.2 14.9-41.8

Drivetrain

Under the hood, the GLA carries over unchanged and uses the same four-cylinder engines as before. However, while it was believed that certain units will get power increases and improvements in the fuel economy department, Mercedes decided against it.

In Europe, the gasoline lineup includes three powerplants, starting with 1.6-liter rated at 122 PS and 200 Nm of torque (120 horses and 148 pound-feet) in the base GLA180. The GLA200 gets the same unit, but rated at 156 PS and 250 Nm (154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet), while the GLA250 comes with a larger, 2.0-liter mill that generated 211 PS and 350 Nm (208 horses and 258 pound-feet).

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Under the hood, the GLA carries over unchanged and uses the same four-cylinder engines as before.

Moving over to diesels, there’s the GLA180 CDI with the Renault-sourced 1.5-liter and the GLA200 CDI and GLA220 CDI with a 2.1-liter four-banger. The base model comes with 109 PS and 260 Nm (108 horsepower and 192 pound-feet) on tap, while the other two benefit from 136 PS and 300 Nm (134 horses and 221 pound-feet) and 170 PS and 350 Nm (168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet), respectively.

In the U.S. customers will get the same GLA250 model with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The same version will also be available with 4Matic all-wheel-drive. Buyers will also have access to the performance-oriented AMG GLA45 model, which cranks out 375 horsepower thanks to its AMG-tweaked, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo. This engine also carries over unchanged.

The six-speed manual remains standard on the base models in Europe, while the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic is optional on most trims and standard on the more expensive cars. The AMG variant continues to use the AMG Speedshift DCT gearbox.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

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If you’re looking to buy an X1, you have quite a few engine options to consider. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, BMW offers a three-cylinder engine in the base model. Displacing 1.5 liters, the turbocharged unit pumps out 136 PS and 220 Nm (134 horses and 162 pound-feet) and delivers outstanding fuel economy. Move up the range and there’s a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 192 PS and 280 Mn (189 horses and 207 pound-feet). The range-topping gasoline mill is also a 2.0-liter, but tweaked to send 231 PS and 350 Nm (228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet) all four wheels. On the diesel front, the base 1.5-liter three-cylinder comes with 116 PS and 270 Nm (114 horses and 199 pound-feet) on tap, while the 2.0-liter four-banger can be had in three flavors. The least powerful delivers 150 PS and 330 Nm (148 horsepower and 243 pound-feet), while the mid-range choices is rated at 190 PS and 400 Nm (187 horses and 295 pound-feet). Finally, the xDrive25d gets a solid 231 PS and 450 Nm (228 horsepower and 332 pound-feet) of torque. A hybrid version combining the gasoline three-cylinder engine with an electric motor is also available. In the U.S., only the 228-horsepower version of the gasoline model is offered.

In the U.S., the Q3 gets a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of twist.
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The Q3 also comes with more drivetrains than the GLA, but unlike the X1, there’s no three-cylinder mill. The range kicks off with a 1.4-liter that generates 150 PS and 250 Nm (148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet) and continues with a 2.0-liter TFSI rated at either 180 PS and 320 Nm (178 horsepower and 236 pound-feet) or 220 PS and 350 Nm (217 horses and 258 pound-feet). Those looking for more power can step up to the RS Q3, which uses a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo. The Quattro model gets 340 PS and 450 Nm (335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet), while the Performance version cranks out 367 PS and 465 Nm (362 horses and 343 pound-feet). Diesel options are made exclusively of 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, but there are three flavors available. First up, there’s the entry-level model with 120 PS and 290 Nm (118 horsepower and 214 pound-feet). Then there’s a variant with 150 PS and 340 Nm (148 horses and 251 pound-feet). Finally, the range-topping oil burners delivers 184 PS and 380 Nm (181 horsepower and 280 pound-feet) of torque. In the U.S., the Q3 gets a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of twist.

BMW X1 sDrive28i Audi Q3 Mercedes GLA 250
Engine 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0-liter four-cylinder 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo
Horsepower 228 HP @ 5,000–6,000 RPM 200 HP @ 5,100-6,000 RPM 208 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,450–4,500 RPM 207 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,000 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,250-4,000 RPM
Transmission 8-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic 7-speed S tronic 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic
Acceleration 0–60 mph 6.6 seconds 7.8 seconds 7.2 seconds
Top speed 131 130 mph 130 mph
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 23/32/26 20/28/23 TBA
Curb Weight 3,543 Lbs 3,494 Lbs 3,296 Lbs

Prices

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Pricing for the GLA-Class should see only a minor increase in all markets. In the U.S., the GLA250, which now retails from $32,850, should cost a little more than $33,000. The all-wheel-drive version will probably start from around $35,500 compared to the current $34,850 sticker. Moving over to the AMG GLA45, pricing will probably increase from $49,900 to around $50,400. In Germany, expect the GLA to start from around €28,300, while British customers should be able to purchase one from around £26,000.

COMPETITIVE PRICES

Pricing-wise, the GLA’s competitors are pretty close. In the U.S., the X1 sDrive28i retails from $33,100, while the all-wheel-drive version starts from $35,100. In Germany, the Bimmer fetches €30,800 before options, while in the U.K. it comes in at £27,850. The Q3, on the other hand, starts from $31,800 in the U.S., making it the most affordable choice on this side of the pond. For this amount you get the base Premium trim. Upgrade to the Premium Plus or Prestige and the sticker jumps to $34,500 or $39,200, respectively. German prices begin from €28,200, while U.K. pricing starts from £26,600.

BMW X1 sDrive28i $33,100
X1 xDrive28i $35,100
Audi Q3 Premium $31,800
Audi Q3 Premium Plus $34,500
Audi Q3 Prestige $39,200
Mercedes GLA 250 $32,850
Mercedes GLA 250 4Matic $34,850

Other Options to Consider

Infiniti QX30

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The company smallest crossover yet, the QX30 is pretty much a Q30 hatchback crossover on But what’s really important here is that it based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which pretty much makes it a GLA with a different body work and interior. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the QX30 resulted from an agreement between Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz, through which Nissan’s luxury division gained access not only to the A-Class’ platform, but its 2.0-liter turbo-four engine too. The QX30 stands out among its German rivals through its bold, organic design, as well as a well crafted interior wrapped in Nappa leather. Under the hood, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to the GLA250. In Europe, Infiniti also offers Merc’s 2.1-liter diesel engine rated at 170 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist. U.S. pricing starts from $34,400, which makes it a bit more expensive than the competition. It’s worth noting that while other markets get the hatchback as the Q30 and the crossover as the QX30, in the U.S. both models carry the same badge, with the latter set apart by the AWD moniker. German pricing is set at €39,100, while U.K. prices begin from £29,790.

Learn more about the Infiniti QX30 here.

Conclusion

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It’s not at all surprising that this facelift left the GLA mostly unchanged, but it’s a bit disappointing to see that Mercedes didn’t upgrade the engines or the suspension. More importantly, it seems that the Germans didn’t even bother to fix the noisy diesel drivetrains or do something about the crossover’s lifeless handling most customers have been complaining about in the past. Coupled with the fact that the GLA falls behind its competitors when it comes to interior space and trunk capacity, and Merc’s high-rolling A-Class isn’t very appealing compared to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. On the flipside, the nice interior and the fancy options make it a classy proposition in this small niche.

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    • * Just one engine in the U.S.

Press Release

The newly redesigned GLA is starting the 2018 model year with targeted visual accentuation in the interior and exterior design and updated equipment. This sees the look of the compact SUV gaining a significantly more powerful design. At the pinnacle of the model series is the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, with an especially sporty host of equipment being offered by the AMG Performance Studio Package. The GLA will have its world premiere on January 8, 2017 at the North American International Auto Show NAIAS in Detroit.

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The GLA was presented for the first time in 2013 and has since become a model of success in a segment it has shaped and redefined. The GLA is characterized by its sportily dynamic design and light-footed handling. As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and established itself there as a major player.

With seven model series (GLA, GLC, GLC Coupe, GLE, GLE Coupe, GLS and G), Mercedes-Benz boasts the broadest SUV range of all the European premium manufacturers and thus meets all the individual mobility requirements of its customers.

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Expressive design, technical performance

An expressive design with a clear SUV character and technical performance remain the most significant reason to buy the GLA for most customers.

Customers have a choice of an off-road comfort suspension (optional) which raises the body by 30 millimeters, resulting in improved off-road capability, a higher seat position and striking off-roader looks.

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.

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Valuable Interior and Exterior Upgrades

The attractively styled interior of the GLA with high-quality materials and excellent workmanship is enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The free-standing 8-inch media display is slim and is easily legible, as are the new gauges with red needles. The controls for switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors have been given small yet effective highlights in silver chrome - and the stowage compartment in the center console is also surrounded by a chrome frame. In addition, the air conditioning vent rings are more strongly accentuated and thus underscore the harmonious SUV touch in the interior.

Exclusively available in this market segment, the 360-degree camera records the direct surroundings of the car, which are either shown as a full-image depiction or in seven different split-screen views on the media display. Among them is also a virtual top view of the car - produced from the data of four cameras: front, reversing and one camera in each of the exterior mirrors.

The Interior Package, with standard sports seats, remains optionally available and is aimed at the particularly sporty customer.

The Night Package offering includes 19-inch AMG wheels and black window trim, exterior mirrors, roof rails, exhaust tips and exterior accents that underscores the sporty look of the GLA.

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Spot on: LED light turns night into day

Available optionally on the GLA250 and standard on the AMG GLA45, LED High Performance headlamps replace the currently available bi-xenon headlamps.
Alongside brilliant illumination, these headlamps are characterized by a color temperature similar to daylight and relieve the strain on the eyes when driving at night. The energy consumption is also lower: around 60 percent less than xenon and approximately 70 percent less than halogen. The low-beam headlamps work with LED projector-beam technology and the high beam with LED reflector technology. Indicators, daytime running lamps and position light are designed as

multifunctional fiber-optic cables and enable an unmistakable style through higher degrees of design freedom. For added convenience, changing a bulb is no longer necessary over the entire lifetime of the car.

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Increased aerodynamics

With the GLA model series, Mercedes-Benz further impresses where aerodynamic quality is concerned. The good flow characteristics, which contribute decisively to the low fuel consumption in everyday conditions and a pleasantly discreet noise level even at higher speeds, was achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimizations in the high-speed wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. These include a low A- pillar step with corresponding A-pillar geometry and aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror housings. The generously sized trim on the main floor, an additional trim in the center section of the rear axle and even an aerodynamically optimized rear silencer with a connected diffuser further improve the flow of air beneath the underbody. An elaborate roof spoiler lip, specially shaped tail lights plus discreet side rear spoilers also ensure that the air flow at the tail end is aerodynamically optimal.

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Safety first: autonomous braking and drowsiness warnings

Vehicle safety is the top priority at Mercedes-Benz. The GLA offers "Active Brake Assist" as standard: it warns the driver if there is not sufficient distance to the vehicle in front and if required, delivers situation-appropriate braking. If the system detects that the driver is reacting too late, it initiates autonomous braking in order to prevent the collision or minimize the consequences. The GLA is also standard- equipped with "ATTENTION ASSIST," which can detect typical signs of drowsiness via the steering behavior and warn the driver.

More comfort in the end

The rear compartment of the GLA was also the focus of the engineers’ attention, and they have integrated new features here: with the optional extra HANDS-FREE ACCESS, exclusive in this segment, the trunk can be opened and closed with a foot movement, without using one’s hands. The procedure can be completed at any time and any potential obstacles stop the process immediately.

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The new Mercedes-AMG GLA45

Mercedes-AMG is continuing its model initiative with full steam ahead and is enhancing the GLA45 both visually and technically. With intelligent aerodynamic measures like a restyled front bumper and spoiler lip on the roof spoiler it was possible to increase driving dynamics and driving stability, while simultaneously reducing wind resistance.

The distinguishing design feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is the sharpened front section. The front bumper was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert in silver chrome plus flics in high-gloss black.

These guide the cooling air flows to the vehicle radiators even more effectively. Some earlier optional extras like the LED High Performance headlamps are now part of the standard host of equipment. The twin louver on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. As an additional option a multi-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheel is available for selection in two color variants: painted matte black with high-sheen rim flange or painted titanium grey with a high- sheen finish.

Eye-catching features at the tail end are the new diffuser insert in the rear bumper, the trim in silver chrome and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler which help to improve the driving dynamics of the new GLA45.

Fine interior with exclusive touches

The interior has been similarly upgraded. The dashboard is covered as standard with MB-Tex and has been given exclusive highlights with red contrast topstitching.

A further highlight is the generously sized trim, extending over virtually the entire width of the car: its fundamental structure is printed matte with a high-gloss surface and it bears AMG lettering. It is available in black/red (standard) or in black/silver depending on the choice of upholstery).

The instrument cluster has been given a new number design, new gauge needles with a black needle center and the chrome frame around the gear also ensure a sporty cockpit experience.

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Further options for comfort and sport

The new equipment items optionally available include, among other features, a 360- degree camera. With the aid of four networked cameras, this system facilitates parking and maneuvering with a realistic surround view. The car and its surroundings can be depicted in the media display from a birds-eye view, and obstacles beneath the window line are also visible for the driver.

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Extremely agile, handcrafted 2.0L turbo engine

With a maximum output of 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of zero to 60 mph is achieved from standstill after just 4.3 seconds. The extremely agile Handcrafted AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine blends thrilling performance and the exemplary efficiency with a further best: the power-to-swept-volume ratio of 187.5 hp marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders – it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars.

One of the high-tech components of the four-cylinder turbo engine is the spray- guided direct petrol injection. Piezo injectors centrally located in the four combustion chambers inject the fuel at a pressure of up to 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multi-spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The twin-scroll turbocharger and maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system improve the charge pressure build-up, and therefore the engine’s response to the accelerator.

On the road the turbocharged, Handcrafted AMG 2.0L four-cylinder engine thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotional engine note. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode.

With the optional AMG Performance Exhaust System® the sound is even sportier through the modified structure of the muffler system and it thus intensifies the emotively appealing sound experience. It can be regulated via selection of the drive program or via a switch. In the interior the impressive sound can be experienced even more intensely at the touch of a button through the more powerful intake noise of the engine.

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Shorter ratios: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sport transmission

The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7- speed sports transmission. Thanks to shorter ratios selected in gears three to seven, the driver senses an even more appealing acceleration experience in all speed ranges. Together with optimized response and shift times, the closer ratio spread ensures better transitions when upshifting.

Best traction as standard: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

For optimum traction even in poor road surface conditions, the standard all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC system transfers the drive power to all wheels. The torque is steplessly and variably distributed to the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of sportiness, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation. A multiple-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle differential with AMG-specific control passes on the engine torque to the rear wheels should the front wheels lose traction. The spectrum ranges from purely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 ratio for the front and rear wheels.

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The AMG Performance Studio Package celebrates success of the AMG compact cars

With the CLA45 and GLA45 models, Mercedes-AMG has tapped into new customer groups and spurred on the success of the sports car and performance brand.
Mercedes-AMG is now celebrating the best-sellers with an exclusive AMG Performance Studio Package, which is available on the CLA45 and GLA45 and includes a particularly sporty host of equipment.

The special models equipped with this package are painted exclusively in Night Black or Cosmos Black and with their unique combination of Matte Graphite Grey and Yellow sections they are immediately identifiable. The exclusive impression is underscored by the light-alloy wheels in Matte Black with Yellow rim flanges and the black painted AMG twin louver in the radiator grille. Yellow highlights characterize the front bumper, exterior mirror housings, inserts in the side skirts, rear diffuser and rear wing on the GLA45.

The special character is additionally emphasized by the AMG sport stripes in Matte Graphite Grey (foiled) on the hood, roof, trunk lid and sides of the car.

High-quality interior with yellow highlights

The interior is also characterized by the extensive appointments and yellow touches. The AMG Performance Seats in MB-Tex /DINAMICA microfiber also sport yellow trim, as do the AMG DINAMICA Performance Steering Wheel, rear bench seat, dashboard, beltlines (only on CLA45) and armrests. Further highlights include door sill panels in Graphite Grey with a yellow AMG logo, floor mats with yellow edging, AMG logo in yellow, plus yellow air outlets.

The extensive standard equipment of the AMG Performance Studio Package includes the AMG Aerodynamics Package, AMG Night Package, AMG DINAMICA Performance Steering Wheel with a yellow 12 o’clock marking with an "AMG Edition" badge and yellow contrast topstitching among other features.

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