Last year, our market has seen certain inclination towards compact SUVs which also included luxury brands such as Audi Q3 and BMW X1. Mercedes Benz was the only brand which was quite missing in the race and now, they are all set to enter one of the hottest segments of cars in India with their latest SUV GLA 2014.
The car shares its platform with younger siblings A and B-Class. The twin layered modern Merc front grille with a big logo in the center surely grabs your attention and looks extremely sporty with the day time running LEDs. The wide bumper with diamond finishing around air-coolers further enhances its aggressive presence.
The muscular wheel arches and standard 17 inches wheel add the much needed macho appeal of an SUV to GLA. Its coupe styled designing at the back includes sloping roof lines and C-pillar matched with wide tail lights and dual tone rear bumper with twin exhaust pipes.
The Indian spec GLA is likely to debut with two engines; one each of petrol and diesel. These both 4-cylinder turbocharged engines are mated with much acclaimed 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, both versions claiming a top speed of 205km/hr.
The 1.6L petrol engine pumps out a power output of 154bhp with a torque output of 250Nm which starts coming as early as 1250rpm. This engine helps this car to reach 0-100km/hr in 8.9 seconds compared to the diesel version which takes around 10 seconds to do the same.
The 2.1L diesel engine of GLA200 CDI has a power and torque output of 134bhp and 300Nm which can be achieved at 4000rpm and 3000rpm respectively.
GLA has almost similar interiors of A and B-class although it comes with a much wider five seating arrangement. The X-shaped five A.C vents and black interiors with silver accents look quite familiar and sporty. GLA comes equipped with standard features like ABS, EBD and traction control, Attention Assist, and Collision Prevention Assist. Optional features include different set of leathers and fabric, Active Parking assist, 18 and 19 inches wheel, Lane Tracking package with Blind Spot and Lane keeping Assist.