‘Per­for­mance not lim­ited by ter­rain’

Car India - - FEATURE -


Huge SUVs aren’t every­one’s cup of tea, so to speak. A smarter, more com­pact cup still lets you en­joy your tea with­out hav­ing to deal with added weight. Lesser known in some mar­kets, the GLK-Class, sold only in left­hand-drive, was quite the pop­u­lar char­ac­ter where it was. Evolv­ing into the ei­ther-hand-drive GLC-Class was one of the smarter moves as the GLC then cracked new mar­kets and made its pres­ence felt. Re­vised styling and in­cred­i­ble re­fine­ment meant it would ap­peal to a whole new set of buy­ers. The AMG mod­els, like the GLE, of­fer a choice of 367-PS six-cylin­der or up to 510-PS eight-cylin­der pow­er­plants, as well as a choice of SUV and Coupé body styles, with a smart au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and 4MATI C all-wheel-drive mak­ing ev­ery jour­ney as plea­sur­able no mat­ter what the road sur­face is like.


If ever there was a big-hearted small giant, it would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATI C. Not re­strict­ing per­for­mance to the al­most lit­eral gi­ants, the GLA 45 is built on the pop­u­lar front­drive plat­form and gets power from one of the most in­cred­i­ble en­gines the world has seen. The four­cylin­der 2.0-litre en­gine de­liv­ers an in­cred­i­ble out­put of 381 PS and 475 Nm, lend­ing the com­pact all-road-ready GLA the abil­ity to dis­miss dis­tance on tar­mac or off it rather swiftly. The 4MATI C all-wheel-drive sys­tem smartly sends the power where it is most needed, while its lower cen­tre of grav­ity allows it to sur­prise even in the han­dling and dy­nam­ics sphere. It’s not too low, yet not too high, and per­fectly blends ev­ery­day prac­ti­cal­ity with week­end-racer char­ac­ter­is­tics.

( Far be­low) GLA 45 packs ex­plo­sive power even with four cylin­ders

( Left) GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ packs BiTurbo V8 power

( Be­low) Mod­ern style meets all-road ca­pa­bil­ity

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