One of the youngest nameplates in German’ s lineup is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA. According to Mercedes, the latest GLA gets more power and more space. The entry-level subcompact SUV is classified between a tall hatchback and a full-fledged crossover. Like before, the GLA offers attractive styling and exceptional performance in a crowded market.
Besides, Mercedes also introduced alongside this model a more powerful version AMG-tuned Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic. This model deploys a more reliable engine that produces 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says that the new GLA 35 would be able to run from 0 to 60 in just 5 seconds.
What’s New on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?
As we mentioned, the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is the entry-level subcompact SUV that looks attractive. This model slots between a hatchback and a full-fledged crossover. Moreover, Mercedes has wholly redesigned the GLA for 2021. If you didn’t know, GLA is the smallest SUV you can buy from Mercedes. It rides on the same platform as A-Class sedan, CLA four-door coupe, and also GLB crossover.
Primary thanks to shorter overhangs at the front and rear, the latest GLA looks way shorter than its predecessor. The styling is modern and GLA sports a new front radiator grille that looks unique as the openings. At the back, the attractiveness continuous with the LED taillights that are divided into two parts. Moreover, looking at the side profile, we can see that Mercedes used a stylish 20-inch wheel that enhances sporty appearance. U
Interior Updates and Changes
Mercedes’ interior will get a complete overhaul. This model is one of the luxurious in its class. Also, with two rows of seats, this small crossover offers plenty of room for five passengers. The cabin is made of high-quality material and the MBUX infotainment system comes standard. On the driver’s side, the GLA features two display units available in 7-inch and 10.25-inch size.
Beneath the infotainment screen, the manufacturer added turbine-style air vents that give a more sporty appearance to GLA. Behind the rear seats, cargo space has been increased and can also be expanded by the 40:20:40 folding back seat.
The latest GLA is packed with several advanced driver-assistance and safety systems. This model includes Active Distance Assist, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Under the Hood
Engine-wise, the next-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA could be powered with two engine options. The first powertrain will be under GLA 250. This powertrain should remain to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces at least 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, that’s an increase of 13 horsepower over the previous model. This engine should continue to be available with a 7G-DCT transmission. The current model also with the same engine accelerates to 62 mph in 8.7 seconds and it tops at 130 mph.
Also, the more potent four-cylinder engine should power GLA 35 4MATIC AMG. This mill develops 306 hp and Mercedes says that the GLA 35 can do 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. Unlike the first one engine, this could be linked to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G transmission.
How Much Will the GLA and GLA 35 Cost?
The release date of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is scheduled for later this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Moreover, Mercedes has not yet announced pricing for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA. From plenty of speculations, the pricing might largely remain around the same as the previous model, which starts at $34,250. However, AMG will bring more premium materials premium, and it might cost $7,000 or $10,000 more.