Mercedes Benz GLA SUV Launched in Indian Market
Mercedes-Benz has launched the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA in India. The SUV was initially expected to be launched in the country earlier this year, however, the launch had to be delayed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is being offered in three variants GLA 200, GLA 220d and GLA 220d 4MATIC.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Features
In comparison to other Mercedes SUVs, the new GLA looks sleeker and premium. In terms of its appearance, the second generation of the GLA SUV looks considerably different to the model it replaces. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA boasts of interior features like a twin-screen 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and MBUX touchscreen infotainment system, connected car technology with Remote Engine Start and Google Voice integration, wireless charging, powered front seats with memory function, a panoramic sunroof, 64 colour ambient lighting, ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice prompt, and dual-zone climate control. It also gets energizing seat kinetics for the front row, which basically offers optimum comfort based on your posture. The GLA gets a beige-black interior theme for the regular variants. The cabin is now more spacious thanks to the increased dimensions.
At 4,410 mm in length, the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA is slightly shorter than its predecessor. However, it is wider and taller at 1,834mm and 1,611mm, respectively. The new GLA’s wheelbase at 2,729mm is not only better than that of the old GLA but the best in the segment.
The exterior styling has smoother and more flowing lines than the older model, while still having a rugged design – with its black cladding going all around the SUV. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Progressive Line (200 and 220d) boasts of exterior features like radiator grille with single silver-coloured louvre painted, new LED headlamps, LED adaptive tail lamps, 18-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, roof rails with aluminium polish and panoramic sunroof. The distinguishing elements in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG Line (220d 4MATIC) include a diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, an AMG front apron with a front splitter in chrome, AMG rear apron in a diffuser look and 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Powertrain
Under the hood, the GLA is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 163hp of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and is only offered in the front-wheel-drive (FWD) layout. The GLA 200 is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100kmph in 8.7 seconds and reaching a top of 210kmph.
The 220d and 220d 4MATIC variants of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA are powered by a 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine that develops 190hp of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque. While the engine is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the power is delivered to the front wheels in 220d and all wheels in 220d 4M. The GLA 220d can complete a 0-100kmph sprint in 7.4 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 222kmph. On the other hand, the GLA 220d 4MATIC takes 7.3 seconds for a 0-100kmph dash and touches a top speed of 219kmph. Mercedes offers the new GLA with an 8-year warranty on engine and transmission, in addition to the segment-leading 3-year comprehensive vehicle warranty.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Pricing
Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2021 GLA in India from Rs 42.10 lakh to Rs 57.3 lakh (ex-showroom India), however, these prices are only valid until June 30, 2021. According to Mercedes-Benz, these prices are set to increase by Rs 1.5 lakh from July 1, 2021.
|GLA 200||Rs 42.10 lakh|
|GLA 220d||Rs 43.70 lakh|
|GLA 220d 4MATIC||Rs 46.70 lakh|
The GLA competes with the likes of the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, Mini Cooper Countryman, and the upcoming Audi Q3. The SUV is available across the markets in India where business is operational, it can also be ordered online through the luxury automaker’s contactless sales programme.