Mercedes Benz which is a luxury car maker is now entered into SUV segment with its most awaited launch of the month GLA SUV crossover which they launched on 30th September 2014 at the grand event in Delhi. Mercedes made September their month by launching and revealing quite a few cars and it will continue in the month of October as well. So let’s find out what new SUV in store for us.
Mercedes launched its first compact SUV in two variants Sports and Style. Style variant GLA 200 petrol which comes with the price tag of Rs. 36 lakhs and Sport variant GLA 200 CDI Diesel which comes at Rs. 32.75 lakh while Style variant GLA 200 CDI Diesel will cost you around Rs. 36.9 lakhs, all the prices are Ex-showroom Delhi.
Mercedes launched GLA SUV in both the engines petrol as well as Diesel, The 2.0L inline turbocharged Petrol engine produces 178BHP of fine power and 300nm torque, while the popular 2.1L inline common rail Diesel engine develops 133BHP of max power and same amount of torque of Petrol box which is 300nm.
Petrol and Diesel engines are equipped with 7 Speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes, Mercedes launched SUV which supports front wheel drive system rather than all wheel drive system in India. Diesel engine will give 17.9 KPL of excellent mileage for the diesel box and turbocharged petrol engine gives 13.8 KPL of efficient mileage.
The 1991cc sprints 0-100 km/hr in 7.6 seconds with the top speed of 225 km/hr, while 2143cc diesel engine accelerates 0-100 km in 9.9 seconds with the top speed of 205 km/hr.
Space & Dimensions:
Mercedes Compact SUV is 4417mm long, 1804 wide and 1494 in height. It has seating capacity for 5 persons and boot space of 421 liters is more than sufficient to keep your belongings. For Indian roads car needs ample amount of ground clearance so it cannot get affected from the potholes and bumpiness of roads, GLA seems to work on this department with 183mm of ground clearance and massive wheelbase of 2699mm.
Interiors & Exteriors:
Classiness is the synonym of Mercedes so one can expect same in this SUV’s Cabin with 12 Speakers 450 watt Harmon kardon music system, Bezel touch A/C vents, 3 spoke sporty steering wheel with mounted controls, Black-cream color at the dashboard looks up market and instrument cluster looks familiar like A class. Besides the equipments Seats has premium leather covering with stitches which looks good with front seats are electrically adjustable.
Above the dashboard you will find up fitted touch screen display with multi function display and underneath the A/C vents there are seat height adjustable button etc. One prolific feature this SUV has is Panoramic Sunroof which automatically closes when it rains and option of 20 LED ambient lights for the cabin. On door mats you wind Mercedes Benz name coated in sliver strips.
On the outer GLA SUV carries the brilliancy of Mercedes design further with familiar Bi-Xenon headlights with LED indicators and Daytime running lights which give more sort of eye raised look, large chromed front grille with Mercedes Logo depicted at the center of the grille with large air dams. Side of the car is dominated by character lines which gives car muscular looks and 18 inch alloy wheels gives sporty look to the characteristics of the car.
Rear of GLA SUV gets similar A class taillights and this time around Mercedes lower the boot door to be more practical and one can easily fits in their luggage easily with the huge 421 liters boot space. Besides taillights you will aluminum coated on rear bumper and two tail pipes which give aggressive look to the GLA SUV.
Mercedes compact SUV arrives four beautiful colors which are Polar Silver Metallic, Orient Brown Metallic, Jupiter Red Metallic and Citrus White.
Mercedes SUV is safety pack car with loads of safety elements in it like 7 airbags, Anti lock braking system, brake assist system, ESP, ASR, EBD, engine immobilizer with floating code, electrical parking brake, Curve dynamic assist.
The long list of safety features just doesn’t end here it carries more safety features like tyre monitoring system, rear parking camera with screen display assistance, it got 5 star rating on safety from Euro NCAP and Cruise control with ‘Speedtronic’ speed limiter.
GLA SUV crossover is a commendable effort by Mercedes as they aim to establish themselves into SUV segment as well with their powerful engines and performance. GLA hosts long list of features with attractive inner and outer appearance. So can compact SUV of Mercedes be able to yield big result for them in future? Let’s wait and Watch.