Just before the holidays last year, Mercedes-Benz surprised the motoring world when they revealed the all-new GLA. Roomier and taller than its predecessor, the newest compact crossover from Mercedes-Benz gets a bold new look, as well as a wide array of new and upgraded technologies.
When it was first revealed, however, the all-new GLA was only available with a rather tiny 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four. Available only for the GLA 200, it makes 163 PS with 250 Nm of torque and is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Impressive as it may be, some might prefer having a bigger engine under the hood of their all-new GLA.
Well, we have some good news for everyone as Mercedes-Benz recently expanded the engine range of the GLA.
First up is the GLA 250. It's powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 224 PS at 5500 rpm, along with 350 Nm of torque at 1800 – 4000 rpm. Power is then sent to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and is available in either front-wheel-drive or 4Matic all-wheel-drive. The FWD version can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km/h. Meanwhile, the AWD variant can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and can also reach a 240 km/h top speed.
Prefer your GLA with a diesel engine? Mercedes-Benz is also offering a turbo-diesel model of the GLA and it's available in two states of tune. Starting with the GLA 200d, it puts out 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Next is the slightly more powerful GLA 220d which delivers 190 PS along with 400 Nm of torque. Both the 200d and 220d are mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and are available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Aside from expanding its engine range, the new GLA can also be specified with an optional adaptive damping system. Thanks to a valve that can be electronically-controlled on each damper, the system can adjust the amount of oil flow on each corner. With the help of several sensors that constantly monitor the suspension status, driving style of the driver, and road conditions, the system can immediately adjust itself to either Comfort or Sport settings.
As mentioned before, the GLA is now equipped with the MBUX infotainment system. The system itself, (as well as the instrument cluster) was initially available with either a 7-inch or 10.25-inch display. But for those that prefer a bigger screen, both the instrument panel and infotainment system can now be had with a bigger 25-inch, high-resolution media display. Mercedes-Benz will even throw in a heads-up display for the driver to help them focus on the road more while driving.
With Mercedes-Benz already selling the all-new GLA in Europe, we won't be surprised if other markets like the Philippines will follow suit. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting global markets, it might take a while before it makes its way here. Here's to hoping it won't be a long wait.