After teasing us with sketches and videos, Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA ahead of its world premier next month at the International Motor Show. Featuring progressive design that allows for comfortable day-to-day driving as well as rugged off-road capability – the 2015 GLA redefines the compact SUV segment.
The first Mercedes-Benz to enter the rapidly expanding compact SUV segment is exceptionally manageable around town (length 173.9″ x width 71″ x height 58.8″), speedy and comfortable on country roads and athletic and efficient on the highway. The highquality appointments, developed with much attention to detail, and the versatile interior clearly position the GLA as a premium compact SUV.
The 2015 GLA-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution.
The new GLA rounds off the extensive SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz. With five model series (GLA, GLK, ML, GL and G), the company offers the widest range of any European premium manufacturer, and meets all the individual mobility wishes of its customers.
“With the compact GLA we add a fifth attractive SUV variant to the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio in this constantly growing segment. The GLA impresses mainly with its progressive character and agile handling,” says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “So I am very confident that the GLA with its fascinating design and high everyday practicality will fill many new customers with enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz brand.”
As an everyday vehicle, the GLA has a flexible and variable interior. The rear seat backrests fold down completely, and the generous luggage compartment is well laid-out and can be loaded without difficulty thanks to the low loading sill and the wide tailgate, which can open automatically as an option. The especially rigid body structure provides a reliable basis for the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 208 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.