The Iconic German carmaker is reportedly testing the new version of its smallest luxury crossover- aka the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The test models of the upcoming GLA have appeared online and the model is heading close to the production version. With this, the company is boosting as well as expanding its SUV and crossover portfolio.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Lavishness and Comfort
The similarities with the bigger A Class are there. Maybe the company wants to bring the two models closer to reduce development costs. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be built on Modular Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture. It will sport new rear spoiler, tail lamps and bumpers. The body is expected to be bit wider as well. There are 3 models- GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and AMG GLA45 4Matic- the last aimed at performance seekers.
The cabin of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is expected to be designed with oodles of lavishness and comfort in focus. You can expect dual zone automated climate control in cabin and ambient lighting setup may be also offered. The quality of cabin materials is top notch and you will not find cheap looking plastic. The cargo space is just average but that is the case with most segment rivals.
The upcoming Mercedes Benz GLA will also receive a boost in luxury feature and safety departments. It is likely to be equipped with an enhanced version of the company’s much-touted COMAND infotainment system and a new touchpad may be there too. It will have support for Bluetooth and navigation.
The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLA will get plenty of safety features. Along with several airbags, you will get features like the forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and rear vision camera.
While the company is keen on deploying its autonomous driving assistance tech across the lineup- this model may not get them inbuilt. You may have to opt for Driver Assistance package. There could be standalone upgrade options like the premium audio system and the panoramic sunroof.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Engine Specs
The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLA Is likely to get new and enhanced powertrain as well. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine may be used. However, the 7-speed automatic gearbox may be replaced by an 8-speed unit. This time, the fuel economy may get a boost. The GLA45 AMG model will get a more powerful engine for sure but details remain unknown.
Price and Availability of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA
While Mercedes Benz is yet to announce pricing of 2019 GLA Class, expected base trim price is $35.000 approx. It will reach showrooms in late 2018.
Summing it up
The 2019 Mercedes Benz GLA Class is a sporty compact UV that gets a minor revamp in style. However, changes in safety and amenities make it a worthy rival to the new BMW X3.