The entry-level SUV from Stuttgart enters its second-generation with a completely new look, enhanced practicality and an intuitive command centre.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA is finally among us and with the generation change, the compact crossover looks sharper and beefier than before. Of course, the 2020 GLA's key highlight is the enhanced space & comfort quotient. Despite losing 14mm in overall length (4,410mm), the 2020 GLA offers 30mm longer wheelbase (2,729mm), 116mm more rear legroom (976mm) and is also taller by a healthy 104mm (1,611mm), so headroom too has improved. Plus, it's also 30mm wider (1,834mm) that translates into better shoulder room. Increased front & rear track width, combined with bigger wheel diameter (17-20 inch) give the 2020 GLA a stronger road presence and better ground clearance (143mm).
As for firepower, the entry-level GLA 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre M282 petrol motor (co-developed with Renault) that's good for 161bhp and 250Nm of torque. The 1,332cc motor is mated to a 7-speed automatic DCT. However, go for the top-spec GLA 35 AMG and you'll have at your disposal 302bhp and 400Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol unit. The AMG derivative will be available exclusively with an 8G AMG Speedshift DCT.
The 2020 GLA can be ordered with optional 4MATIC AWD. The 4MATIC add-on will also bring with it an 'Off-Road Engineering Package' as standard. This comprises an extra driving mode, a downhill assist function, an off-road animation in the media display and a special light function for off-road driving (with MULTIBEAM LED headlamps). The 2020 GLA will also be offered with the new MBUX infotainment system as standard, that recently made its India debut on the 2020 GLC.
The 2020 GLA will go on sale in Europe in Spring 2020.