Australian pricing and specification details of Mercedes-Benz’s GLA compact SUV have been released, ahead of the model’s staggered local arrival commencing in August.
The GLA, revealed back in December 2019, shares its MFA II front-wheel-drive architecture with the rest of Mercedes’ eight-strong fleet of compact vehicles, including the A-Class hatch/sedan and boxy GLB SUV.
Four variants of the GLA will be offered Down Under; two ‘standard’ variants (GLA 200 and GLA 250 4Matic) and two performance AMG variants (GLA 35 4Matic and GLA 45 S 4Matic+).
Kicking off the range is the GLA 200, priced from $55,100 before on-road costs. Under the bonnet is a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with its A200, CLA 200 and GLB 200 stablemates, sending 120kW of power and 250Nm of torque to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes dual 10.25-inch touchscreens running Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio, plus Artico leatherette seat trim, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, 64-colour ambient LED cabin lighting, wireless phone charging and a range of drive modes.
Equipment highlights outside the cabin include 19-inch alloy wheels, the ‘Progressive Equipment Line’ styling package, LED headlights with adaptive high-beams, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors and automatic parking assist.
The flagship non-AMG GLA variant is the GLA 250 4Matic, priced from $66,500 plus on-road costs.
As its name suggests, a bigger, brawnier engine headlines the upgrades, namely a 165kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
4Matic (front-biased) all-wheel-drive is standard-fit, as is the optional-in-Europe ‘Off-Road Engineering Package’ that adds off-road-specific headlight modes, roll and pitch angle telemetry, hill descent control and an Off-Road drive mode.
Comfort, convenience and technology additions to the 250 over the 200 include a panoramic sunroof, electrically-adjustable heated front seats with memory functions, lowered comfort suspension, sports steering, 19-inch five-spoke wheels and remote engine start functionality via the ‘Mercedes me Connect’ smartphone app.
Opening the AMG portion of the range is the $82,935 (including Luxury Car Tax) GLA 35 4Matic, which features an uprated version of the 250’s 2.0-litre turbo that’s good for outputs of 225kW and 400Nm. Standard all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic enable a 5.1-second sprint to 100km/h from a standstill.
Kit additions include an AMG-branded, Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel, Lugano leather-trimmed sports seats, 20-inch AMG wheels, the wheel-mounted ‘AMG Drive Unit’ drive mode selector, AMG Night Package and a sports body kit.
Performance upgrades under the skin to complement the extra power include AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers, high-performance brakes, a variable sports exhaust and speed-sensitive sports steering.
Sitting atop the range is the all-singing, all-dancing GLA 45 S 4Matic+, priced from $107,935 before on-roads.
Power comes from Mercedes-AMG’s all-new, hand-built 2.0-litre ‘M139’ turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the A45 and CLA45, developing 310kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
Drive is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system with Drift Mode and launch control. Mercedes claims a 4.3-second dash to 100km/h, towards a 265km/h top speed.
Standard performance upgrades include a quad-outlet sports exhaust system, a performance brake package (consisting of 360mm, six-piston units up front and 330mm, single-piston units at the rear), torque vectoring, variable sports steering, underbody stiffening, and AMG-specific front steering knuckles and rear subframe.
Other additions over the 35 include an AMG Performance microfibre-wrapped steering wheel, leather sports seats with contrast stitching and yellow inserts, AMG Track Pace, a Burmester sound system, ‘Multibeam’ adaptive LED headlights, 360-degree camera, and AMG body kit and an array of advanced safety technologies, including route-based adaptive cruise control, front cross-traffic assist and lane-change assist.
At launch, GLA 200 and GLA 250 models can be optioned with an Edition 1 package, which adds electrically-adjustable, heated front seats with memory functionality, black leatherette uphostery with red inserts and contrast stitching, carbon-look trim inlays and red/black AMG floor mats, the Parking Package (including a 360-degree camera) and adaptive LED headlights.
There’s also an AMG exterior styling package with revised bumpers and skirts, plus 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels (finished in black, with red accents), black highlights, Edition badging, and a choice of five colours: Polar White, Night Black, Cosmos Black Metallic, Digital White Metallic and Mountain Grey Metallic.
Edition 1-equipped GLA 200 vehicles also score lowered comfort suspension and a electrically-operated panoramic sunroof.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 and GLA 250 4Matic land in Australian showrooms in August, with the AMG-badged performance flagships to touch down in the fourth quarter.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA pricing (excluding on-road costs):
- GLA 200: $55,100
- GLA 250 4Matic: $66,500
- AMG GLA 35 4Matic: $82,935
- AMG GLA 45 S 4Matic+: $107,035
Edition 1 Package pricing: $6990 (GLA 200), $5990 (GLA 250 4Matic)