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Today's Deal - Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Classes for sale near you

What Edmunds Says

As crossovers grow ever smaller, Mercedes-Benz prepares to enter the fray with the 2015 GLA-Class.

Pros

Sharp Mercedes style and quality in versatile hatchback-like configuration; powerful, fuel-efficient turbo engine; mild off-road ability; available AMG performance model.

Cons

Limited utility; only one engine option on standard model.

Available GLA-Class GLA45 AMG 4MATIC Models

GLA45 AMG 4MATIC

  • 2.0L 4-cyl. engine 
  • All-wheel drive 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Side/Curtain Airbags 
  • Stability Control 
  • Traction Control 

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Available GLA-Class SUV Models

GLA250 4MATIC

  • 2.0L 4-cyl. engine 
  • All-wheel drive 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Side/Curtain Airbags 
  • Stability Control 
  • Traction Control 

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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What's New for 2015

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is an all-new model.

Introduction

In Europe and elsewhere outside the United States, buyers can get a slick little four-door Mercedes hatchback called the A-Class. Its swoopy lines make it look like a more uptown version of the new Mazda 3. Americans tend to be skeptical of expensive hatchbacks, so we're not likely to see the A-Class here. But we do like SUVs of almost any size, which is why you'll see the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class at U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealers next fall.

Essentially an A-Class with better ground clearance and a straighter roof line, the GLA compact "crossover" will slot in under the current GLK. If you want a luxury compact SUV, your current choices are the 2014 BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque. There's also the Buick Encore, which while lacking the badge cachet of the Europeans, compensates with a premium feel at an affordable price. This group will expand, however, when the 2015 Audi Q3 and Lexus NX 200t arrive.

Mercedes displayed a concept GLA at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, a showpiece with 20-inch wheels, and the production model carries over the concept's strong tapering character lines along the side panels. It's a design element also present on the new CLA sedan. The GLA mirrors the new sedan inside as well, with three vents sitting atop the center console, just below a freestanding navigation display.

Compared to the larger GLK crossover, the GLA is about 5 inches shorter in length and 8 inches in height. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive GLA250 4Matic arrives first, with the front-drive model to follow in early 2015. Mercedes says the all-wheel-drive GLA can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The GLA comes standard with 18-inch wheels as well as roof rails, flat-folding rear seats and an optional power liftgate. Hill descent control and an off-road transmission mode further burnish its sport-activity credentials. The multimedia display can even show you steering and roll angles, road gradient and a compass when you're out on the trail. Blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and parallel parking assist are available options.

For the remaining skeptics, Mercedes offers the GLA45 AMG. It coaxes 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque from the same 2.0-liter engine and promises zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Standard all-wheel drive should help the GLA45 stick better in sharp turns, while diminishing the shock of sending nearly 150 more horses to the front wheels alone. Unique 19-inch wheels come standard, while a sport exhaust, carbon-fiber aerodynamic and cosmetic trim, and a suspension with firmer, more aggressive ride qualities are available.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class goes on sale in the fall of 2014. Check back for more on the new GLA, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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