Mercedez targets Mini-SUV segment with GLA class

August 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Mercedez targets Mini-SUV segment with GLA class

Berlin 15th August 2013 : New GLA-Class from Mercedes-Benz will be unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September. The model measures 14.5 feet long and just less than 5 feet high.

The GLA-Class will mark the second front-wheel-drive model that Mercedes-Benz is making available in the U.S. The GLA will initially only be available with Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The GLA will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a type of gearbox relatively new to Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz boasted about the GLA’s off-road capability in a press release. It includes a hill descent program and a special transmission program for off-road driving.

Mercedes-Benz makes the GLA’s main LCD a standalone component sticking up from the center of the dashboard which is similar to BMW’s recent interior designs. The model will only be sold as the GLA250 in U.S, meaning it will have a direct-injection turbocharged 2-liter engine. This power plant will make 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which translates to a zero-to-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds.

The GLA will come with a radar-based automated braking system, and will also offer blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parallel parking. The car will come with its latest Comand-system electronics, which should include everything from navigation to integrated Internet apps., says Company.

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