With the compact SUV market getting more attention than other segments lately, global car manufacturers are putting in best of their efforts to create the best of the compact crossovers. Mercedes-Benz, one of the most loved carmaker, has unveiled the all new 2015 GLA250 a.k.a GLA Class for the US and the car is all set to hit nation-wide dealerships this fall.
Lately, Mercedes Benz has changed its design philosophy by focusing more on character lines and sculpted contours and the GLA is one of the best examples of the same. The car carries a unique appeal that is accentuated by the clear contours and smooth surfaces. There are a number of bodily elements that add to the appeal of the car and the list includes optional Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front bumper integrated fog lamps, skid plate, standard 18-inch wheels and optional 19-inch set, curved rear window, sweeping chrome finished tailgate handle and more.
The interior too is sophisticated in all sorts of ways thanks to features like choice of high-grade materials, aluminum and wood inserts, galvanized bezels around circular air vents, free-standing central display, 12 function key 3-spoke steering wheel, MB-Tex or optional leather upholstery, power operated driver’s seat and much more.
Under the hood of this baby Benz is a modern 4-cylinder engine equipped with turbocharging and direct injection technology. It is a 2.0 liter gasoline engine that is capable of producing 208 hp of power and peak torque of 258 lb-ft. The engine comes mated with a 7-speed dual clutch auto gearbox and 4MATIC all wheel drive system. Together, the engine and transmission help the car achieve a top speed of 145 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds which is not bad for a SUV of this size.
Mercedes has focused equally on the safety aspect as on other others. The GLA comes equipped with ATTENTION ASSIST, radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, autonomous braking, DISTRONIC PLUS, Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist, optional PARKTRONIC with Park Assist and more.