2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA visits the Brabus workshop, GLA 45 AMG gets 400 hp

Article by Christian A., on May 26, 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA made its stop at Brabus, just like any other vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. As a result, the Mercedes-Benz pimped by Brabus comes with several design features that improve the looks of the new crossover.

Available for the GLA-Class in Standard, Style and Urban specification, the new tuning programme includes a new front element that replaces the central insert of the front bumper, new attachments for the side air inlets of the front bumper, the LED lightning system that is activated with the keyless remote or by opening the door and a new rear spoiler that attaches to the hatch.

In addition, there is a Brabus rear bumper insert and a new stainless-steel sport exhaust. The design is completed by new wheel combinations that range from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. Brabus offers the well-known 21-inch Platinum Edition wheels, but if you want a smaller size, then the Monoblock F and R wheels are the right choice for you.

There is also new suspension kit that raises the ride height of the GLA by 30 millimeters (1.2 inches), but if you want better handling in on-road driving the tuning company offers a suspension kit that lowers the crossover by 25 millimeters (1 inch).

The engines can be upgraded too and for the GLA 220 CDI Brabus developed the Eco PowerXtra D3 performance kit that boosts the power of the engine by 40 hp. This means a power output of 210 hp (155 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque that can push the crossover from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 220 km/h or 137 mph.

A Brabus PowerXtra module is available to boost the power of the four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline models of the GLA-Class. With the Brabus PowerXtra CGI B45, the GLA 45 AMG receives an impressive 400 hp (294 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 270 km/h or 62 mph.

If you want a customized interior, the German tuning company can install bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with the Brabus logo, new aluminum pedals, door-lock pins and the Race aluminum shift paddles. Requests for further customization are fulfilled in the BRABUS upholstery shop.

Already the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz, sensual clarity is interpreted by designers as an expression of modern luxury. Their goal was to create smooth surfaces as well as to convey the vehicle’s high-tech nature and its emotional charm. This sensual clarity is echoed in the three core design values -- Tradition, Emotion and Progression -- that guides the overall looks of a Mercedes.

While these design values are highlighted differently according to the model, Mercedes always succeeds in bridging modernity and the avant-garde as well as tradition and progression. Each of Mercedes’ model series has its own role and specific character, as per the values focused by the design. Despite the individual variations, a Mercedes is immediately recognizable as a Mercedes, thanks to the fact that while each model is laden with new stylistic elements, it is laden with styling DNA typical of the brand.

As for the Mercedes GLA, Progression and Tradition are its main design values, allowing the new SUV to be ready for the future. It is an all-around vehicle laden with signature Mercedes SUV genes, but now features more youth and is full of subtle drama.

The charming appeal of the new GLA is made possible by its raised body, low greenhouse and large wheel arches, as complemented by clearly defined surfaces are and precise lines that shaped the dramatic body of the new SUV.

As designed, the new GLA features a confident, muscular and superior front end marked by a centrally positioned Mercedes star. Its width is highlighted by its twin-louver grille powerdomes on the bonnet.

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