The new-generation A-Class and CLA have now been joined by an all-new crossover. Weeks after teasing the motoring public, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA has officially been revealed.
Roomier and taller than before, Mercedes-Benz was busy making the second-generation GLA have a more crossover-like appearance. Borrowing styling cues from both the A-Class, B-Class and the CLA, the next-gen GLA adopts a sleeker set of LED headlights, and a bolder front grill. It also gets a new front bumper design that features a faux skid plate.
As seen from a previous design rendering, the rear of the 2020 GLA now heavily resembles the A-Class hatchback. It gets new wraparound taillights, a bigger tailgate, and a roof-mounted spoiler. The square-shaped exhaust finishers from before have been retained on the 2020 GLA, along with the black body cladding, and short overhangs.
Measuring 4410mm long, 1834mm wide, and 1611mm tall, the new-generation GLA is shorter in length by 14mm but is wider and taller by 30mm and 104mm respectively. The wheelbase has been extended as well from 2699mm to 2729mm. This meant that despite being shorter in length, its increase in width, height and wheelbase translated into a roomier cabin. Luggage space also benefitted from the increase in overall size as the GLA can now carry 435 liters worth (+14 liters).
Inside, the 2020 GLA now features Mercedes-Benz's new 'avant-garde' style interior. Much like its hatchback and sedan brethren, the GLA's cabin comes with aircraft-inspired aircon vents, the new MBUX infotainment and digital instrument display, a three-spoke steering wheel, new automatic climate control panel, and the new center console touchpad for the infotainment display.
Both the digital display and MBUX touchscreen come in 7-inch sizes as standard. However, customers can opt for the bigger 10.25-inch screens for both systems. As for the MBUX, it comes with amenities like intelligent voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, navigation, as well as a variety of menus that control the onboard functions of the GLA.
Besides giving the cabin a new look and a plethora of technologies, Mercedes-Benz also made the seating position of the driver and front passenger higher and more upright than before. Compared to the A-Class and B-Class, the driver and passenger sit 140 mm and 50mm higher accordingly. 60:40 split rear seats are also available although there is the option of having it with the more configurable 40:20:40 split rear bench.
Under the hood of the all-new GLA is a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four. While it may be smaller than the old 1.6 turbo, it produces more horsepower and torque at 163 PS at 5500 rpm (+41) along with 250 Nm at 1620 – 4000 rpm (+50). It is then mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which allows the GLA to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 210 km/h. The new 1.3-liter mill is available for the GLA 200 and benefits from cylinder deactivation to save on fuel.
Want more power out of the GLA? Mercedes-Benz's smallest crossover is immediately available in AMG form. In the GLA 35 AMG guise, it's powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 306 PS at 5800 rpm along with 400 Nm of torque at 3000 – 4000 rpm. Coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it allows the GLA 35 AMG to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in a mere 5.1 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Prefer an oil burner for your GLA? A turbo-diesel engine will also be available in the future although Mercedes-Benz have yet to state its displacement and power output. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive can also be specified across the range (except for the GLA 35 AMG which comes with AWD as standard).
Active safety systems, as well as intelligent driver aids keep the occupants of the 2020 GLA safe from harm. These include: active distance assist, active steer assist, active blind spot assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic monitoring, active lane keeping assist, as well as traffic sign assist.
Sales of the new GLA will start in Europe at the start of 2020.