The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is the smallest SUV in the company’s lineup. It is very affordable, however, the options are expensive and the price is easily increased. GLA is an entry-level of luxurious crossovers rivals such as Infiniti QX30, BMW X1, and Audi Q2. Just like those rivals, GLA offers premium features, great comfort, and driving performance.
This SUV is very agile and it offers an all-wheel-drive configuration. On top of that, an Off-Road package is on the cards and the 2019 model suffered some minor changes. Changes include slight front and rear treatments, upgraded interior with new infotainment screen and some optional amenities become standard.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Exterior Facelift
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is classified as a crossover SUV but not as standard as many of you might think. The GLA’s exterior is a combination of the utility vehicle and a hatchback with the higher ride. The Off-Road package is available and it adds more ruggedness as it raises the body furthermore to over an inch. Not to mention plenty of ride features that comes with this package.
The headlamps design is new and it features a LED strip, and equipping the 2019 GLA with LED technology is optional. The front grille is new as well, and it comes with horizontal slats with black accents. Wheels design is slightly changed and the optional Night Package offers 19-inch AMG wheels. Also, there are few standard colors like Cirrus White, Cocoa Brown, Cosmos Black, Mountain Gray Magno, Jupiter Red, Kryptonite Green, Lunar Blue Metallic, Mountain Gray, Night Black, Polar Silver and popular Polar White. The color Canyon Beige is the new one.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Interior is small but comfortable
The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a 2-row/5-passenger SUV that comes with comfortable cabin. Thanks to its small dimensions, the GLA offers premium spaces at the rear, however, legroom is nowhere near its rivals. The model will be available in materials/colors Sahara Beige/Black w/Leather Upholstery, Black w/DINAMICA w/MB-TEX w/DINAMICA Insert, Black w/Leather Upholstery, Black w/MB-Tex, Crystal Gray w/MB-Tex, Nut Brown w/Leather and Sahara Beige w/MB-Tex Upholstery. Storage is another thing where GLA comes up short and the cargo space is rated at 17.2 cubic feet. Folded rear seats expand the area to 43.6 cubic feet.
The interior comes with a new 8-inch center display that is easy to use. The air vents look elegant and the comfort overall is just premium. The infotainment system is refreshed with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone connectivity. Mirrorlink is added as well and it displays the images from a 360-degree camera. For the entertainment, there will be also a powerful sound system with 8 speakers, Wireless Streaming, Navigation, MP3 Player and many others.
The newest model 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a premium compact SUV that is an ideal mix of on- and off-road capability. It comes with great safety features and scores with great numbers in the crash test. This year model will get the best tech safety in the market. Some of the advanced features are Side Impact Beams, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency S.O.S, Airbags, side curtain, BabySmart Childseat Sensor and also a Rear Child Safety Locks, Back-Up Camera, Low Tire Pressure Warning.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Engine Specifications and Accelerate Time
Under the hood of 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA, a 2.0-liter engine is the only option. This turbocharged four-cylinder drivetrain comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is capable of producing 208 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. It comes with the standard front wheel system or all-wheel drive that is optional.
The fuel economy is boosted by a start/stop system and GLA spends 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. However, with the FWD system, it will give 24/33 mpg. If you want quicker responses of your vehicle, the Sport mode got you covered. Sport mode is a fun-to-drive mode that offers a shift paddles mounted into the steering wheel.
This model is able to get the time of 5,8 sec from 0 to 60 mph, while the maximum speed is 131 mph. Also, the model will be able with a full fuel tank of 14.8 gallons to cruise around 355 miles in the city and 488 miles on the highway.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG model
The model 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is a much more powerful model than the base one. This will get a sporty look and better performance. It comes with more attractive front fascia and the headlights that are redesigned.
This powerful model will have under the hood 2,0 liter turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4 that is able to make 375 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. As for the transmission, it will get 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode. Furthermore, with this powerful engine, the model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4,0 sec, also from 0 to 100 mph in 9,8 sec. However, the top speed is around 36 mph more than a standard version or 167 mph. EPA rating for this one combined/city/highway is 25/22/28 mpg.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Price and Release Date
The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA cost around $35,500. This is the base price for the model GLA 250. However, with the upgrade to wheel-drive 4Matic one need to pay extra $2000. Mercedes’ smallest SUV comes with plenty of optional features and loading too many options could easily make you pay over $50,000. The AMG model will start at price of 51.500.
However, the prices are in line with most of GLA’s rivals. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA will go on sale in the first half of 2019.