2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review, Price and Release – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Redesign. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is one brand new car from Mercedes-Benz that will be release in 2014. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
Progressive in design, serene in day-to-day motoring and with an off-road capability: as a wanderer between automotive applications, the Mercedes-Benz GLA impressively reinterprets the compact SUV segment. It lightfootedly masters all day-to-day challenges and is also robust enough for off-road excursions.
The first Mercedes-Benz in the fast-growing compact SUV segment is highly manoeuvrable around town (length x width x height 4417 x 1804 x 1494 millimetres), lively on country and pass roads and dynamic and efficient on the motorway (Cd figure 0.29). The high-quality appointments, developed with much love for detail, and the flexible interior clearly position the GLA as a compact premium SUV.
The GLA is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be optionally available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution.
The new GLA rounds off the extensive SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz. With five model series (GLA, GLK, ML, GL and G) the company offers the widest range of any European premium manufacturer, and meets all the individual mobility wishes of its customers. At the same time the GLA-Class is the fourth of a total of five new compact models from Mercedes-Benz. The sales figures amply demonstrate how well the new compact models are received by customers: In the first half of 2013, for example, 173,362 units of the A and B-Class and the new CLA Coupé were delivered worldwide (+58.0%). Especially gratifying is the high conquest rate of the new A-Class: around 50 percent of the buyers in Europe come from other brands.
The GLA250 4MATIC will arrive in the U.S. first, as it will hit dealers in the fall of 2014. The base front-wheel-drive GLA250 will not arrive until early in 2015. Mercedes will announce the pricing details at a later date.
Sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The aim is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that communicate high-tech while exuding emotional appeal as a meta-level. The sensual clarity is reflected in the core design values of Tradition, Emotion and Progression. These are the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progression. Each model series has an assigned role and has a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focusses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand.
“With its striking features the GLA embodies our progressive thinking and enthrals with its off-road proportions,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG. “The clearly defined surfaces convey power and serenity, and we have managed to combine as much emotional appeal as possible with as much clarity as necessary.”
As an SUV, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA combines the design values of Progression and Tradition, and is the SUV of the future. It is an all-rounder with hallmark Mercedes-Benz SUV genes, but more youthful, sculptural and full of subtle drama.
The low greenhouse, raised vehicle body and large wheel arches give the GLA great appeal. The clearly defined surfaces are supplemented with sharp lines that provide definition and precision, varying the sculptured contours of the vehicle body which is sensitively modelled and subtly dramatic.
The new GLA offers hallmark Mercedes SUV genes, but Mercedes combines them with design values of Progression and Tradition, making it the SUV of the future. This means that this design may very well be used in the designing of upcoming Benz SUVs.
The front is dominated by twin-louver grille with a central star, a new hood with power-domes and headlights with available LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper features diamond-pattern grilles in front of the cooling air intakes, while the sill panels are offered in contrasting dark-grey.
The side is also distinguished by the usual Mercedes design philosophy, including a dropping line running from the headlamps and up to the rear wheel arch, while the line of the belt-line trim gradually rises from the rear door to the C-pillar.
On the side, you will notice that the panel features scallops to make the SUV look even more aggressive and unique. The roof rail comes in standard chrome, but it can also be ordered in high-gloss black.
On the rear, the new GLA adds divided tail lights, a curved rear window and a shiny chrome applique between the taillights. The last elements is a large roof spoiler that helps improve the SUV’s aerodynamic features.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Exterior Dimensions:
The muscular and imposing appearance of the exterior is systematically continued into the interior. This has a particularly high perceived quality that is achieved by the contours, choice and combinations of high-grade materials. All trim surfaces are galvanised in silver-shadow for material authenticity, resulting in a metallic finish with a “cool-touch” effect. The impression is one of perfect detail. The heavy emphasis on horizontals, the dynamic design and the highly attractive design features are other high-quality attributes. The same applies to the great precision of joints and gap dimensions.
The dashboard consists of an upper and lower section, allowing surface structures that are different in look and feel. Matt and glossy 3D geometries (graining) create an attractive light effect. The three-dimensional trim section of innovative membrane, aluminium or wood lends a new, modern touch to the interior. The matt satin finish of the wood trim is a further enhancement to the modernity, and makes the surface particularly pleasant to the touch.
Five round air vents are integrated into the dashboard. As an exclusive GLA feature, bezels are optionally available around these circular vents whose SUV-look echoes the underride guard and side member claddings. The bezels can be galvanised as an option. The direction of the airflow can be varied by butterfly-shaped inserts which can be optionally galvanised in silver-shadow.
The large, free-standing display has a high-gloss display facing in piano-black and a flush-fitting surround in silver-shadow. This gives the display a particularly high-quality look. A 3-spoke steering wheel with 12 function keys and a galvanised chrome clasp is standard equipment. On request an instrument cluster version with two tubes is available. In this case there is a small dial instrument in each of the large dial instruments. When at rest the needles are in the 6 o’clock position. The needle inlays are always in silver.
The wide choice of seat upholsteries in material (e.g. leather, fabric, fabric/leather) and colour combinations allows plenty of scope for individualisation. Sports seats with integrated head restraints are available as an optional extra.
The high quality of the sports seats is emphasised by the aperture in the lower section of the head restraint. On the rear of the front seats this aperture is framed by a surround in silver-shadow, and can have ambience lighting on request. In addition to the equipment packages Style, Urban, AMG and Exclusive, an SUV Style package is available that accentuates the SUV character of the GLA even further. The highlight is robust, colour-contrasting “moccasin” topstitching on the outer seat contours.
If the optional Load Compartment package is ordered, the backrest of the rear seat unit can be moved to a steeper position, the so-called cargo position. This enlarges the load compartment capacity by 60 litres, providing space for bulky items while still allowing the rear seats to be used by passengers.
Set into a galvanised surround, the controls for the optional “electric seat adjustment with memory” are arranged on the interior door panels in typical Mercedes style – a unique feature in this segment. The interior door panels are likewise of extremely high quality. The soft, matt surfaces extend right from the beltline to the door pocket. In combination with the equipment packages the door armrests have a high-quality chrome trim strip and, as an option, ambience lighting.
In the U.S. market, the only model available is the GLA250. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers a total of 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the 4MATIC system, this version sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 145 mph.
The engine mates to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission as standard. The standard GLA250 comes with front-wheel drive, but a GLA250 with Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is an option.
When equipped with 4MATIC, the GLA also includes Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and an off-road transmission mode. The DSR system is pretty much self-explanatory, as it holds the GLA’s to to a predetermined value for slow and steady downhill crawls,
The off-road transmission mode is a little trickier. When the driver activates this mode, the transmission-shift points and the accelerator responses are modified for light off-road driving. This helps prevent spinning the tires in loss dirt or mud. Additionally, this mode changes the head unit to display pertinent off-road information, including: steering angle, compass, roll angle and slope grade.