2013 LA Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Concept is a sporty crossover

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 20, 2013

Mercedes-Benz revealed at the 2013 LA Auto Show the GLA 45 AMG Concept, a prototype version of the upcoming sporty crossover. As expected, the GLA 45 AMG Concept is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine developing 360 hp (265 kW) and 450 Nm of torque, same engine found on the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG.

With this engine, the crossover accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds and using the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission it achieves a fuel consumption of 7 l/100 km.

Regarding the design, we find an AMG bodykit consisting of a new front bumper, stylish front grille, side sills, a rear roof spoiler, a sporty rear bumper with integrated exhaust system as well the well-known AMG forged wheels in a cross-spoke design painted in matt black with a red rim flange.

The production version of this concept is expected to debut next spring at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. [source: Mercedes-Benz]

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Concept

At the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG presented its outlook on a compact, high-performance SUV. The GLA45 AMG Concept features an excitingly bold, distinctive design and is powered by the most muscular four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world: its AMG 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an output of 265 kW (360 hp) and maximum torque of 450 newton metres offers unrivalled performance in conjunction with low fuel consumption.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "With the GLA45 AMG Concept, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs. Our customers - a young target group who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence - can now start looking forward to a dynamic high-performance car. The most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world and the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system add up to make the GLA45 AMG Concept a unique proposition."

A seven in front of the comma in terms of fuel consumption per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) and compliance with the EU 6 emissions standard go to show that superb performance at Mercedes-AMG does not come at the expense of environmental compatibility. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in under five seconds demonstrates the dynamism that is so typical of the brand. Thanks to a combination of the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the drive configuration of the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Concept impresses with its sporty yet also efficient performance.

Powerful and muscular: breathtaking design

Stunning engineering is combined with some breathtaking styling features by Mercedes-AMG: the GLA45 AMG Concept has a powerful and muscular presence on the road. This is due in considerable part to the AMG forged wheels in a cross-spoke design with 255/35 R 21 tyres. Painted matt black with a red rim flange, they certainly attract attention. They are complemented by the AMG wheel hub covers with centre lock-look, plus an AMG high-performance braking system with red brake callipers.

The large front splitter in high-gloss black on the AMG front apron, the black flics (air deflectors) with additional flics, together with the large cooling air intakes, serve to underline the long tradition of motorsport at Mercedes-AMG. The motor racing look is further reinforced by the start number "45" on the doors and the distinctive AMG logo at the upper edge of the windscreen. Further design elements exclusive to AMG include the "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, the side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, the "TURBO AMG" lettering on the front wings, the high-gloss black roof rails and the large rear aerofoil.

Sporty wraps and red highlights

The sporty silver grey/red foil wrap on the bonnet, vehicle sides, C-pillar and rear end makes a memorable impression and is complemented by the red highlights on the radiator grille, exterior mirrors, diffuser insert and AMG rear aerofoil. The rear view is dominated by the diffuser insert with black trim element and by the twin-tailpipe design of the two rectangular, high-gloss black tailpipe trims of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap.

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