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Latest on Mercedes Benz GLA Class: 30 June, 2015
The world famous German manufacturer Mercedez Benz unveiled its yet another enthralling model of automobile in the year of 2013. This automobile by Mercedez is designed to give tough competition to BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The India-made Mercedez Gala is soon to usher a world tour with this highly efficient SUV. Stepping out of Mercedez Benz India’s Pune production plant, GLA 200 CDI will begin a journey covering six world continents and seventeen countries thereby trotting up a total distance of more than 50,000kms and will finally head back to Pune after a period of six months.
Mercedes Benz GLA Class, a SUV has 4 versions available in India. Mercedes Benz GLA Class has 2 Petrol cars and 2 Diesel cars. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes in 4 colours, namely, Cirrus White, Jupiter Red, Orient Brown, Polar Silver.
The Germans have been the pioneers and are considered among the best manufacturers of cars all across the world. They are known to build the safest cars, and their brand name is synonymous with the best that you could get. Well, that is what is expected when you hear the brand name Mercedes-Benz and anything that comes after it. Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, launched by the company in 2013, is neither a complete SUV nor a complete sedan. This model of car was designed based on the A-class by the same company, and it has come out to be an even better version of the A-class. The A-class has been the best SUVs that anyone could go for.
Further to this, read Mercedes Benz GLA Class Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Mercedes Benz GLA Class are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 33,50,000/- to Rs. 72,04,950/-. The Diesel trims of Mercedes Benz GLA Class start at Rs. 31,30,603/-.
The exterior of the car is bulky, and the car looks like a beefed up version of the A-class. It has a huge bonnet that is quite large in proportion to the size of the car. The car was meant to be of a smaller built according to the plans laid out by the company in the Shanghai Auto show. But it came out to be a bigger looking SUV. It is not a complete SUV, but rather a mix between the A-class and the B-class, giving it the look of a crossover. There is a big air intake bumper that is combined with brushes of aluminium.
The interiors of the car are similar to the ones that you would find in any of the other cars by Mercedes, and it has been built based on the MFA platforms. The car has all the amenities that include six airbags and also an LCD screen for all your entertainment needs. It has five rotator AC vents and a 12 V socket. The car has power steering and a navigation system. The seats are designed to provide utmost comfort, and they are adjustable. For people who like bold hues like black and beige, the car is worth a buy as the interiors have almost everything in these two tones. The dashboard has all the indicators and one for climate control too among other things. The car has been completed keeping in mind all the specs that one would need, and it has all the technical inputs. The under thigh support is missing so the car can be a trouble for the long journeys and your thighs might have to face the brunt.
Engine and Transmission
There are two engine options are available for this car. The first one is the 2.0 Litre turbo petrol, and the other one is the 2.1 litres turbocharged diesel. The car has amazing specs, the petrol, and the diesel specs are not disappointing either. The petrol engine is a good one as it makes around 183 horsepower and gives you 300 NM between 1200-1400 RPM. Then the diesel kicks in, and the stats for this one are 134bhp and 300Nm. Though they seem small when compared to other cars, this stats go a long way when one is using them in the real life. There is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that works better than the A-class.
Performance and Handling
The car gives the best performance, and it has been test driven in the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh. The car gives an absolute performance in any terrain.
The car has been made keeping in mind all the safety controls. For this reason, they have been provided with an anti-locking braking system that ensures that the car doesn’t lock up when there are uneven pressures applied or else the car could skid. It also has parking sensors at the rear of the car.
The 2143 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 12 kmpl in city and 14 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 8 kmpl on urban roads and 10 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The car has a lot of safety features ensuring the safest drive on any road. It has applicative brake lights flashing that are there to avoid any rear-end collisions. Then there is the Attention Assist in the GLA class that will detect the inattention or drowsiness of the driver so that the car can take a break and avoid any accidents due to the driver’s carelessness. The car has Bi-Xenon headlamps that give the best illumination in the night time. There are other features like the Electronic Stability Program, Hill Start Assist and the Tyre Pressure Loss Warning system. With such increased levels of safety features, there is no way the car can face any danger.
The car is a better one than the A class, and it has great safety features. With some lag in the interiors, the car is a great built and with the all wheel variant coming at the end of the year, the car is here to stay. The car is truly amazing with its look and fuel efficient engine. The body is tough and hence the car can be used in for daily use or a weekend with family.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA class was meant to compete with the BMW X 1 and the Audi Q3, the other car that is giving a tough competition to the GLA Class is the Toyota Fortuner. Although Q3 lacks in some of the prominent features such as the Quattro System but still if booking figures are considered it is surely giving in the completion to GLA class.
Note: Specifications for GLA Class GLA45 AMG (Petrol) have been mentioned
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