Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the 2014 Mercedes GLA, which is scheduled to debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, compared with A and B class it has more muscular body, big wheels, dual exhaust, a spoiler on the tailgate, larger grille, side skirts, newly designed wheel arches and increased ground clearance. Interior design is almost identical which includes same instruments, three round air vents on the center console and screen infotainment system.
The design has been toned down somewhat since the car appeared as a concept. Additionally, the car is smaller and lower than the concept version. GLA is built at Mercedes MFA platform, which is shared with Daimler-Chrysler A-Class, B-Class and CLA-class. This means that the car is front and four-wheel drive. The compact crossover has a body length of 4417 mm, width 1804 mm and height 1494 mm. The drag coefficient is 0.29. As for capacity, the rack holds 421 liters of volume, but with the rear seats folded it increases to 836 liters.
The GLA crossover will debut with two gasoline and two diesel engines, paired with a six-speed manual or a new generation 4MATIC all-wheel drive gearbox with variable torque distribution. When choosing an off-road mode, transmission algorithm change gear and engine response to gas. The offroad driving parameters are displayed on a multimedia system such as the compass, steering angle indicators and cross slope angle. A hill assist system is also available during the descent from the hill. The gasoline engine includes a 1.6 liter unit with 156 hp(115 kW) in the GLA 200 and 2.0 liter with 211 hp(155 kW) in GLA 250. Among diesel power-train 2.2 liter 200 CDi develops 136 hp (100 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) and returns 4.3 liter/100 km. More powerful version 220 CDi produce 170 hp (125 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). The GLA 4MATIC can accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/hr (145 mph).
Orders for 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA will begin in November 2013 and will be available in showrooms next year.
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