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Mercedes GLA: The multi-talented SUV goes on sale in Europe

Mercedes GLA
With the new GLA, Mercedes-Benz is adding a fifth attractive SUV variant to its model portfolio. The GLA impresses above all with its progressive character and agile handling. As the fourth out of a total of five new compact models from Mercedes-Benz, the GLA is the first SUV to be optionally available with the new generation of the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with fully variable torque distribution. The compact SUV is now available for ordering with immediate effect, with the first models due to arrive at dealerships in March 2014. Prices in Germany start at €29,303.75 (around RM128,493) for the GLA 200.

“With its fascinating design and high everyday practicality, the GLA will fill many new customers with enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz brand”, stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. “With the GLA we are expanding the comprehensive SUV range from Mercedes-Benz with further emotionally appealing variants and as such are exploiting the constantly growing compact SUV segment for the brand.”

Progressive in design, serene in day-to-day motoring and with off-road capability – as a wanderer between automotive worlds, the Mercedes-Benz GLA impressively reinterprets the compact SUV segment. It lightfootedly masters all day-to-day challenges and is also robust enough for off-road excursions.

The entry-level model in the GLA range is the GLA 200 (€29,303.75, roughly around RM128,490) rated at 115 kW (156 hp). Positioned above this are the petrol engine variants rated at 155 kW (211 hp) in the guise of the GLA 250 (€35,283.50, roughly around RM154,712) and GLA 250 4MATIC (€37,496.90, roughly around RM164,415). The GLA 250 4MATIC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in only 7.1 seconds, thereby underlining the GLA-Class’s leadership aspirations.

The two diesel engines excel with dynamic torque and outstanding efficiency: the GLA 200 CDI (€32,130) generates 100 kW (136 hp), has a displacement of 2.2 litres and maximum torque of 300 Nm. At 4.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, the combined fuel consumption is outstanding for this performance class. The GLA 200 CDI is also available as a 4MATIC model for €36,509.20 (roughly around RM160,087). The GLA 220 CDI likewise has a displacement of 2.2 litres and generates 125 kW (170 hp) and 350 Nm.