New Merc No. 01: The GLA

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06 November 2020

Entry level Mercedes-Benz levels up

Mercedes-Benz’s littlest SUV, the GLA, has been updated. With a focus on an improved interior and driver experience, the GLA has more space and a number of the Mercedes-Benz’s latest tech.

It’s 1,5cm shorter than the previous generation, but still manages to increase rear legroom and offer better boot space, with adjustable rear seat backrests and a split load floor. The seating for driver and front passenger has been improved, allowing for a more upright, SUV-style position, with improved all-round visibility.

The driver information systems are based on a combination of two displays in optional sizes: from a pair of 7 inch screens, to a widescreen version with dual 10,25 inch screens. Included as standard is all versions is the MBUX infotainment system, which features voice control, customisable graphics, a head-up display and optional augmented reality navigation.

The optional Driving Assistance Package includes a full bucket or safety and assistance systems: turning manoeuvre function, emergency corridor function, exit warning, pedestrian warning, Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steer Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, route-based speed adjustment, evasive steering assist, active lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot assist, active brake assist, traffic sign assist and pre-safe plus which detects a potential rear impact.

The new GLA range in South Africa will consist of two models:

GLA 200
120kW / 250Nm
7G-DCT gearbox
R674 000

GLA 200d
110kW / 320Nm
8G-DCT gearbox
R710 000