The new upcoming model 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA will come refreshed with lots of new features. It was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto show where it hogged plenty of attention. You may not think of the GLA-Class as the most elegant and desirable vehicle in entire Mercedes-Benz lineup. But there is no denying the lineup set the cash register ringing for the iconic German car giant when it made its debut a few years back. The compact Crossover was unveiled by the brand in 2014. It is pitted against luxury compact cars like BMW X1 and Acura RDX.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Luxury and Elegance Design:
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is the brand’s smallest crossover that is built on the same platform used to make larger siblings like B Class and A Class. The variants are GLA250 (FWD), GLA250 4Matic (AWD) and top end AMG GLA45. The rear and front bumpers are new and so are wheel designs. Even the new horizontal slats in the grille are new additions. The older bi-xenon headlights can be replaced by Led lamps. Its new fog lamps are placed on bumpers. The new body style is more aerodynamic. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is marked by newly designed air intake grilles, chrome accents on body parts.
The changes extend to the cabin of 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA as well. A centrally located 8.0-inch information display looks suave and instrument cluster has been redesigned. The AMG GLA45 gets designer seats. The red contrast stitching in its cabin looks enticing.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA gets oodles of packages and they add to price and functionality of the luxury compact crossover. For the top end AMG GLA45, there is an AMG Performance Studio package which includes black interior and wheels. The blackish design is complemented by graphite gray stripes at sides, on hood and roof. It also includes AMG Night package and Aerodynamics package.
The buyers of GLA250 need not be disappointed either! They can opt for the Night Package or Ice Package. It is only natural that the car will be loaded with latest safety features.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Engine and Accelerate Time:
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is powered by one 2.0-liter inline-four engine making 208 HP. It gets paired with a dual-clutch-speed automatic transmission unit. The Mercedes-AMG GLA45 gets a beefy M133 engine. It generates a hefty 355 HP. It takes the car Zero to 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Launch Date and Price:
The exact launch date of 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is not known yet. However, it is likely that it will reach showroom for sale in mid-2017. The model may get a price hike but it will not be drastic. So, the base GLA250 may get the price tag of $34.000. The AMG GLA45 with packages may be priced close to $51.000.
Summing it up:
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA is an enticing compact crossover that has got many things to attract target buyers. The revised exterior styling and spruced up cabin deserve applause. The extensive customizations and powerful engines also add to its appeal. It can take on rivals like Audi Q3 with aplomb.