Merc GLA up­dated

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Launch - - JAY WONG

MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia has un­veiled the re­freshed GLA in three vari­ants and are priced on-the-road with GST with­out in­sur­ance from RM239,888.

The lat­est it­er­a­tion of the GLA starts with the GLA 200 (RM239,888), fol­lowed by the GLA 250 4MATIC (RM269,888) and fi­nally the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC (RM408,888).

The en­try-level front-wheel driven GLA 200 is pow­ered by a 1.6-litre (1,595cc) tur­bocharged en­gine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion (DCT), pro­duc­ing 156hp at 5,300rpm and 250Nm of torque from 1,250 to 4,000rpm.

While rolling on 19-inch fivespoke light weight wheels in mat­tblack and a high-sheen fin­ish, the GLA 200 will sprint from 0-100kph in 8.1 se­conds be­fore reach­ing a top speed of 215kph.

The ex­te­rior is fit­ted with the Ur­ban Line, Night Pack­age, alu­minium roof rails in high-gloss black, LED head­lights, adap­tive high­beam as­sist and pow­ered fold­ing ex­ter­nal mir­rors.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes of­froad com­fort sus­pen­sion, Dy­namic Se­lect, Eco-Start-Stop func­tion, Pre­safe Sys­tem, Ac­tive Brake As­sist, Adap­tive brake lights, tyre-pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, run flat tyres and five airbags.

In­side, the seats are up­hol­stered in Ar­tico man-made leather and black Maringa fab­ric, while the roofliner is in black.

There are light alu­minium trim with lon­gi­tu­di­nal grain and a multi-func­tion three-spoke leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel.

For con­ve­nience, there’s key­less-en­try, hands-free tail-gate op­er­a­tion, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trols, cruise con­trol, at­ten­tion as­sist, re­verse cam­era, ac­tive park­ing as­sist, au­to­matic dim­ming in­te­rior and ex­te­rior mir­rors and pow­ered front seats with four­way lum­bar sup­port and mem­ory.

For en­ter­tain­ment there’s an Au­dio 20 CD with Garmin MPA PI­LOT pre-in­stalled, 8.0-inch me­dia dis­play screen, Ap­ply CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

As for the GLA 250 4MATIC, it now uses a 2.0-litre (1,991cc) tur­bocharged en­gine with the same seven-speed DCT, only the en­gine now pro­vides 211hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1,200 to 4,000rpm for the all-wheel drive sys­tem.

This means its 0-100kph time is cut to 6.6 se­conds (-1.5 se­conds) and top speed in­creases to 230kph (+15kph).

Ex­ter­nally, it looses the Ur­ban Line for the more sportier AMG Line, while rolling on 19-inch fivespoke light­weight wheels in­stead.

In­side, it also gets the AMG Line of fit­tings with the seats are now in Ar­tico man-made leather and black Di­nam­ica mi­crofi­bre, il­lu­mi­nated AMG door-sill pan­els, AMG floor mats and an off-road me­dia dis­play for the Au­dio 20 CD en­ter­tain­ment unit.

The most pow­er­ful of the lot, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, tunes up the GLA 250’s en­gine to pro­duce 381hp at 6,000rpm and 475Nm of torque from 2,250 to 5,000rpm.

While fit­ted with larger 20-inch AMG multi-spoke al­loy wheels, the GLA 45 is able to shave the 0-100kph sprint time down to 4.4 se­conds and its top speed now jumps to an elec­tron­i­cally-lim­ited 250kph.

It also gets an up­rated AGM speed­shift seven-speed DCT, AMG Ride Con­trol sports sus­pen­sion, AMG Dy­namic Se­lect and an AMG per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem.

Ex­ter­nally, it is fit­ted with the AMG Night Pack­age and AMG aero­dy­nam­ics pack­age.

The in­side gets an AMG exclusive in­te­rior pack­age, AMG leather per­for­mance sports seats with black and red con­trast­ing stitches, up­per-dashboard in Ar­tico man­made leather, panoramic slid­ing sun­roof, red seat belts, car­bon fi­bre in­serts and an AMG per­for­mance steer­ing wheel wrapped with Nappa leather.

Added con­ve­nience now in­cludes the ad­di­tion of CO­MAND On­line, a DVD-changer and a Har­man Kar­don Logic 7 sur­round sound sys­tem.

“The new GLA with its unique char­ac­ter and pro­gres­sive ap­pear­ance is des­tined to be­come a style icon. With a sport­ing soul and a dy­namic char­ac­ter com­bined with its stylish highlights, it is suited for an ac­tive life­style,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia vice-pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing (Pas­sen­ger Cars) Mark Raine.

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