GLA is subcompact crossover, the smallest one in the Mercedes family. It is heading to the new generation probably. Well, the German carmaker needs to confirm this. We already have a proof – spy photos taken at the main testing circuit, Nurburgring. Whatsoever, the test mule is not showing too much. Besides the heavy camouflage, we can’t see much further. But, the good thing is that development is in final phrases and test 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA is already on streets.
The new crossover is going to compete with its compatriots, Audi Q3 and BMW X1. These are also the new Lexus UX and Lincoln Corsair small SUVs on the market. Still, the German carmaker is a synonym for luxury and prestigious offer. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be packed with a lot of cool features and equipment. A fresh look will draw the attention of buyers. Still, the lack of interior space is the major downside. Also, the price is above average for the subcompact crossover segment.
Engine Specs, AMG Model, Diesel
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will lay the same drivetrain as for the previous generation. It is a small, but a reliable four-cylinder unit. A 2.0-liter engine is capable to produce 210 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharges maximize the output. Fuel economy for the new 2020 Mercedes GLA will get a slight boost from current rating 28/27 mpg for FWD/AWD drive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is a power router, but the vehicle offers paddle shifters as well.
Of course, the performance-oriented AMG model will deliver even more power. The same 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is capable to produce 355 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Top speed of this version is 130 mph, while it sprints 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
European buyers will get a 1.6-liter petrol unit. Depending on configuration, this engine can burst out 120-155 hp and 150-185 lb-ft of torque. Of course, buyers in this part of the world are using diesel powertrains more than gasoline. A 1.5-l is the base unit and it produces 110 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque (260 Nm). Upper trim levels will offer a 2.1-l displacement with outputs between 135-170 hp and 220-260 lb-ft (300-350 Nm). A six-speed manual gearbox is available for some configurations.
Rumors are saying the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will get a hybrid engine. Well, this is not a surprise, although the German carmaker is not well-known for these kinds of drivetrains. But, sooner or later, they will have to expand this lineup. They will start with a subcompact GLA. The plug-in hybrid system is likely to happen since GLC and GLE are already using it. However, these are only speculations.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Spy Photos, Facelift
The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will suffer numerous changes before it enters the market. Test mules are not unveiling too much, but it is good to know that German carmaker is doing something about its smallest crossover. The GLA Class had a facelift in 2017, but the situation on the market changes pretty fast. So, new modifications are required.
The subcompact SUV will continue to use the MFA2 platform. This is an architecture that should help the vehicle to achieve better fuel economy numbers since it uses a lot of lightweight materials. Besides that, the new generation of Modular Front-drive Architecture will allow the installation of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems. Spy shots suggest the front fascia is taking the most changes. The grille is narrower than before. Also, it seems like we will see new bumpers and air openings. AMG model is yet to be spied, but be sure it will add even more unique upgrades. Special colors, wheels, and other features will make it significantly more expensive than the base version.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA is not gaining more room inside, but the GLA remains a high-end model. The MBUX multimedia system offers some cool features and premium audio. However, navigation remains optional. We couldn’t see clues for the new interior on latest spy photos taken late in 2018. The vehicle carried a cage inside the cockpit, and dashboard was stripped. Well, the cabin is the latest thing on the vehicle that will get the shape.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will definitely come very soon. The crossover was caught testing few times during past year. So we expect to see the production version soon. However, the company will wait with its release until the last quarter of 2019. Then, we will find out what is Mercedes planning to to with the price. Currently, the GLA crossover is available for $35,000. AMG model, with all its upgrades, will go above $50,000. This is much more than you will pay for BMW X1 M. the new plug-in hybrid will cost also pretty expensive. We could see it above the Volvo XC40 PHEV or Range Rover Evoque PHEV models.