New Second Generation Mercedes GLA is All Grown Up

It’s been in production since 2013 and after six long years and multiple updates later the new Mercedes GLA has finally been revealed. And it’s all grown up, longer and wider and all the better for it. It’s got way more style outside and in and sits between the A-Class and GLC SUVs. One problem we had with the first-gen GLA was that it was way to compact. Despite being marginally longer the new GLA remains a compact vehicle, however its longer than a Range Rover Evoque. That said it looks like a step up in terms of overall design language.

Rather disturbingly the GLA will launch with the GLA 200 1.3-liter, 4-cylinder 161bhp turbocharged petrol engine as entry-level fooder. An AMG GLA 35 will also be made available at launch and will be powered by a 2.0-liter 302bhp turbocharged engine. The GLA 200 will be offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch as standard, AWD drive models will also join the range at a later date.

A plugin hybrid variant will be launched – at a later date – based on the entry-level 1.3-liter petrol engine. The GLA PHEV will offer a total system power of 215bhp and will have a total pure electric range of 40 miles. Don’t believe the official 40-mile range, having tested PHEVs the electric range is always less than half in real-world driving.

You can be sure that the new Mercedes GLA will be offered with all manner of standard and hand-me-down equipment. It gets the all-new A-Class interior, not a bad hand-me-down. The fully digital driving setup has no analog dials, as standard. When will Audi follow this lead? only time will tell.

A suite of driving assists such as automatic emergency braking, semi-autonomous driving, lane keep assist will be offered, and much more besides. So how much will all of this cost? In the UK, the current GLA starts from £25k. We guess the new model will add about £2,500 to the base price.

UK launch date? That’s another convenient press release away. Mercedes has planned the news cycle as much as it has planned the product, they simply want to keep up the endless cycle of free publicity. We reckon Q4 2020.

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