Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today unveiled the all-new GLA-Class here on our shores, marking the company’s last product launch until the new year. Available in Malaysia in two variants – GLA 200 and GLA 250, the new baby of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up is priced starting at RM244,200 for the entry-level GLA 200 variant.

EXTERIOR

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA now carries a more crossover/SUV appearance as compared to the jacked-up hatchback look of the outgoing model. The change is mostly attributed to its significantly taller height, now 104 mm higher than its predecessor.

Aside from the height though, the all-new GLA is actually smaller in every other dimension compared to than before, measuring in 14 mm shorter (lengthwise) and 2 mm narrower. Despite the shorter length, the wheelbase in the all-new model has increased by 30 mm, and its track increased by 46 mm, giving it a more imposing stance on the road and more space in the interior.

As mentioned above, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA is offered in two variants here in Malaysia – GLA 200 and GLA 250. The entry-level GLA 200 is dressed in a Progressive Line exterior kit, while the latter gets an AMG Line treatment.

The main difference between the two exterior styling kits are on the front and rear bumpers, with the AMG Line sporting a more aggressive look featuring a larger diamond pin front grille, a larger bone-shaped trim with a horizontal slats on the front bumper, integrated rear diffuser on the rear, alongside rear “air vents” and non-functional exhaust exits.

The GLA 250 also rides on larger 19-inch alloys; the GLA 200 gets 18-inch items as standard. Aside from the variant-specific styling differences, both variants are equipped with identical exterior features, which include:

  • Automatic LED High Performance headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Auto-dimming driver’s exterior mirror
  • Aluminium roof rails

PERFORMANCE

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 is powered by a 1.33-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the GLA 250 gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four.

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 200
  • Engine: M282 1.33-litre turbocharged inline-four, petrol
  • Transmission: 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front engine, front-wheel drive
  • Max horsepower: 163 hp @ 5,500 rpm
  • Max torque: 250 Nm @ 1,620 – 4,000 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 8.7 seconds
  • Top speed: 210 km/h
  • Rated fuel consumption: 5.9-5.6 l/100 km
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
  • Engine: M260 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four, petrol
  • Transmission: 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front engine, front-wheel drive
  • Max horsepower: 224 hp @ 5,500 rpm
  • Max torque: 350 Nm @ 1,800 – 4,000 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 6.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • Rated fuel consumption: 6.7 – 6.5 l/100 km

The all-new GLA 250 in the sportier AMG Line trim also gets the Direct Steer variable-ratio power steering, alongside a lowered suspension set-up – though still the comfort suspension, similar to the GLA 200.

INTERIOR

The interior of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class features a very similar look to the latest Mercedes-Benz models, headlined by the standing dual-screen MBUX set-up. Unlike the A-Class, the all-new GLA features a cut-out for the screens, and the centre console and door handles also feature the tubular design motif as seen on the all-new GLB for a more off-road-focused appearance.

Both variants are almost identical in its interior features, which includes:

  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10.25-inch infotainment display with MBUX, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, and navigation with live traffic information
  • Mercedes me connect LTE connectivity module
  • Automatic climate control
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, four-way lumbar support
  • 60:40 folding rear seat backrests
  • Leather multifunction sports steering wheel
  • Light and Sight package
  • Roof liner in black fabric
  • Powered tailgate

The GLA 200 gets the standard Comfort Seats wrapped in black Artico leather, while the AMG Line treatment on the GLA 250 includes Sports Seats wrapped in Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre, galvanised aluminium pedal shifters, AMG door sill plate with illuminated ‘AMG’ lettering, as well as AMG floor mats.

Thanks to the changes in dimensions, the front headroom and rear legroom has been significantly increased, the latter by 114 mm. Boot capacity has also increased by 14 litres to now 435 litres of cargo space.

SAFETY

The standard safety equipment on both variants of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA includes the following features:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Active parking assist
  • Parking package with reversing camera
  • Rear seat belt indicators
  • Interior monitoring system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 gains an additional blind-spot monitoring system, which also acts as a visual warning for the passengers exiting the car, when another vehicle is approaching at the blind spots.

PRICING

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class starts at RM 244,199.82 for the entry-level GLA 200 variant, while the GLA 250 is priced at RM285,336.66. Both prices are on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions valid until the end of the year. Included as standard in the price is a four-year unlimited mileage warranty.

The standard recommended retail price, which will be effective starting from 1st January 2021, starts at RM252,888 for the GLA 200, and RM295,888 for the GLA 250.

With Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) Malaysia’s EaseProtect Financing Plan, the GLA 200 starts at RM2,488 per month, while the GLA 250 starts at RM2,888 a month, based on a 5 years tenure period and down payment of approximately 20%. Additionally, MBFS Malaysia is also offering a two-month payment holiday for both variants, valid until the 31st of December 2020.


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