2013 IAA: Mercedes-Benz GLA shines in the lights of Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2013

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new 2014 GLA compact crossover at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, which is aimed at attracting young buyers who want a stylish vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz GLA is scheduled to be available in the U.S. in the fall of 2014. Initially, it will be offered with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard.

However, it will be offered with front-wheel drive (FWD) in early 2015. This means that the 2014 GLA will be the first crossover from Mercedes-Benz that will be offered in the U.S. with front-wheel drive. The new GLA measures 4417 mm long, 1804 mm wide, and 1494 mm tall. In addition, the crossover has a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29.

Just as anticipated, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA is based on a new fwd architecture that’s used on the CLA sedan. With regards to design, it’s also expected that the GLA is based on the GLA Concept that was introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show. At the start, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz will be available with 1.6 and 2.0-liter petrol engines.

Powering the GLA 200 is the 1.6-liter petrol engine that offers 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The GLA 250 is powered by the 2.0-liter petrol engine that has an output of 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The GLA 250 4MATIC is powered by the same engine and is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and could continue on to reach a top speed of 235 km/h or 146 miles.

Even with these excellent performance levels, the GLA 250 4MATIC boasts a fuel consumption rating of only 7.1 l/100 km (151 g CO2/km – provisional figures). Powering the GLA 200 CDI is a 2.2-liter diesel engine with an output of 136 hp and 300 Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Benz claims that the vehicle requires just 4.3 litres of fuel for 100 km. The GLA 220 CDI uses the same 2.2-liters engine that can deliver 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The GLA 200 CDI and 220 CDI are both offered with four-wheel drive (4MATIC). These two engines make use of the ECO start/stop function as standard and are mated to a six speed manual transmission or with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission.

This is standard equipment for GLA 250, GLA 220 CDI and the 4MATIC models. When it comes to safety, the GLA is available as standard with ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection and radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist, which helps to protect against collisions from a speed of just 7 km/h.

Mercedes’ design philosophy -- sensual clarity – has always been the focus for designers when creating a car that expresses modern luxury. This design philosophy aims to create smooth surfaces and clear contours that convey the vehicle’s high-tech nature and emotional appeal. Mercedes’ core design values -- Tradition, Emotion and Progression –always reflect this sensual clarity.

These core design values are considered as the guiding star when designing a new Mercedes vehicle, with each accentuated according to the model’s nature. These core design values also serve as the bridge that links the gap between modernity and the avant-garde as well as between tradition and progression.

Although each model series has a certain role to play and a character to boot -- depending on the core values on which the design is focused on – it is also identifiable as a Mercedes thanks to the fact that the carmaker’s designers always imbue a piece of the brand’s design DNA into a vehicle. Of course, each model is made distinct by new stylistic developments.

Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG, remarked that the new GLA – with its stunning elements – personifies the brand’s progressive thinking and captivates people with its off-road proportions. He added that the defined surfaces of the new GLA convey both power and serenity, as complemented by the fact that this new vehicle fuses emotional appeal and clarity.

Dubbed as the SUV of the future, the new GLA combines Mercedes’ core values of Progression and Tradition. It is a true Mercedes SUV that is flexible for any use, but with a great sense of youthfulness and a little drama. Its appeal comes from the fact that it features a large wheel arches, low greenhouse and a higher body and. Its appeal is accentuated by its sharp lines and well-defined surfaces.

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