Mercedes-Benz GLA turn­ing heads in Mideast

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

The new GLA is turn­ing heads across the world, and the Mid­dle East is no ex­cep­tion. The lat­est model of this ex­cep­tional com­pact SUV sees an up­graded vis­ual ac­cen­tu­a­tion in both in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign, plus new and up­dated equip­ment lines.

The new GLA is char­ac­terised by its sporty dy­namic de­sign id­iom, light-footed han­dling and ex­ten­sive in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion op­tions. As the first com­pact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, it breathed fresh air in its mar­ket seg­ment where it has es­tab­lished it­self as a ma­jor player.

“The new facelift gives the GLA a more pow­er­ful ap­pear­ance and off-road promi­nence. Among our range of com­pact cars, the GLA’s im­pres­sive of­froad ca­pa­bil­i­ties stand out. It is the ideal com­pan­ion to those seek­ing to com­ple­ment an ac­tive life­style with a sporty driv­ing style,” said Len­nart MuellerTeut, head of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, MercedesBenz Cars Mid­dle East.

The GLA’s pro­gres­sive de­sign and strik­ing SUV genes are en­hanced by the off-road com­fort sus­pen­sion (with a body of 30mm) that results in higher ground clear­ance and higher seat po­si­tion, thereby sig­nif­i­cantly im- prov­ing its off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Mod­i­fied bumpers, ad­di­tional light-al­loy wheels and the new al­lur­ing colour ‘canyon beige’ char­ac­terise the 2017 model at first glance.

The in­te­rior of the new GLA, styled with high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and ex­cel­lent work­man­ship, is en­hanced by new seat cov­ers, trim parts and chromed con­trol pan­els. The Lux­ury Ex­clu­sive Pack­age fea­tures ex­tra­or­di­nary lux­ury seats with black leather in a buf­falo look.

The trim parts used are a choice of trapez­ium-grain alu­minium, light brown satin-fin­ish poplar wood and high-gloss brown wal­nut. An es­pe­cially ex- clu­sive of­fer­ing is the matte black ash wood and AMG trim parts in car­bon fi­bre.

The 360-de­gree cam­era, an ex­clu­sive of­fer­ing in this mar­ket seg­ment, records the car’s di­rect sur­round­ings and de­picts them ei­ther as a full-im­age or in seven dif­fer­ent split-screen views on the me­dia dis­play. Among them is also a vir­tual top view of the car, pro­duced by data from four cam­eras: Front, re­verse and one for each of the ex­te­rior mir­rors.

The com­pre­hen­sive range of stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes the LED high per­for­mance head­lamps (re­plac­ing the cur­rent bi xenon head­lamps in the front and rear) that il­lu­mi­nate bril- liantly and are char­ac­terised by a colour tem­per­a­ture sim­i­lar to day­light, thereby re­liev­ing strain on the eyes in night jour­neys. In the rear, brake lights and in­di­ca­tors are con­trolled in three in­ten­si­ties: Full bright­ness by day, a medium level for driv­ing dur­ing the night and a lower level when at a stand­still.

Safety is a top pri­or­ity at Mercedes-Benz and the GLA’s tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­assert this com­mit­ment. Stan­dard of­fer­ings in­clude the Ac­tive Brake As­sist de­signed to warn driv­ers of in­suf­fi­cient dis­tance to ve­hi­cles ahead, and when nec­es­sary, de­liver sit­u­a­tion-ap­pro­pri­ate brak­ing.

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