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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Revealed Ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, a compact crossover designed to lure new, younger buyers into the German brand's showrooms, was revealed ahead of a formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic will arrive in the U.S. in fall 2014, followed by the front-wheel-drive 2015 GLA250 in early 2015.
  • Both versions will be equipped with the 208-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

MONTVALE, New Jersey — The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, a compact crossover designed to lure new, younger buyers into the German brand's showrooms, was revealed ahead of a formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic will arrive in the U.S. in fall 2014, followed by the front-wheel-drive 2015 GLA250 in early 2015. Mercedes-Benz says this is the first of its SUVs to be available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel-drive system 4Matic.

Both versions will be equipped with the 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. An Eco stop-start function is standard.

Mercedes-Benz says the GLA250 4Matic sprints from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 145 mph. No fuel economy estimates on the GLA-Class were provided.

Models with 4Matic are equipped with Downhill Speed Regulation and an off-road transmission mode as standard.

"It is a utility player with hallmark Mercedes-Benz SUV genes, but more youthful, sculptural and full of subtle drama," said the automaker in its description of the GLA-Class.

Pricing was not announced, but the GLA-Class is likely to start in the $30,000-$35,000 range.

The GLA-Class targets a growing number of premium compact crossovers, including the Acura RDX, Buick Encore and BMW X1.

The 2014 Acura RDX starts at $35,415. The 2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i starts at $31,725 and the 2013 Buick Encore starts at $24,950.

The GLA-Class is unmistakably a Benz, especially with the oversized star gracing the grille.

The striking exterior features power domes on the hood, a twin-louver grille, roof spoiler and chrome roof rails. Other details include foglamps and 18-inch wheels as standard. The cabin gets a three-spoke steering wheel with 12 function keys and a standard power driver seat.

Options include a power tailgate, LED daytime running lights, panorama sunroof, 19-inch wheels and sports seats, along with Parktronic with Park Assist, a feature that allows automatic parking in parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Edmunds says: The pricing strategy will be the critical part of this equation, especially since many attractive features will be extra-cost items.

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