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

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Picture

    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Picture

    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. | August 13, 2013

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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.

Comments

  • piredon piredon Posts:

    RDX is really more of a BMW X3, MB GLK competitor. The Japanese automakers haven't really made an entry into this space.

  • wackford wackford Posts:

    Don't know why this is being called an SUV. Doesn't look like one. Looks like a bigger hatch-back. Not that that is a bad thing. I like it. But, it just doesn't seem like an SUV. The whole crossover SUV thing is over-rated IMHO. Call them what they are - wagons or hatchbacks. Nothing wrong with AWD wagons. This vehicle does look nice. Wonder how reliable it will be, and what the maintenance costs on it will be.

  • craig_j1 craig_j1 Posts:

    Why am I thinking Subaru Crosstrek....but with a fancier interior?

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    The exterior architecture looks like a cross between the new mazda 3 5door with the current CX-5; low slung, long hood, sloping front A pillar and D pillar (rear hatch with a fast back look). Impractical (as far as interior and cargo space goes) but sure is a looker just like the Mazda's!!! Now, if only someone could combine this good looks with some decent interior/cargo space...I'll want one, LOL!

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    So they call this a SUV...Lower the suspension about 1/2 in and you have yourself a CLA 5door hatchback to go with the 4door CLA LOL..

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Why no GLA220 CDI 4Matic for the States?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @wackford You cannot use the H-word in the US car market, people get flashbacks to the late 70s and early 80s and start screaming.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    I agree with others. This is more of a slightly raised hatchback than a compact SUV. Very Subaru-like in that respect. Not a bad thing at all. The height is only 2 inches taller than a typical sedan. Again, not a bad thing, but it's confusing because Mercedes is offering the A-Class hatchback outside of the US, so it seems redundant. I like it, though and am anxious to see (hopefully) the GLA45 AMG.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    I like the proportions and swept looks of the GLA more than the awkward and overly boxy GLK that I've been seeing a lot of on the road recently.

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