The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC – Driven by Performance, Design, Dexterity
Mercedes Benz Middle East announced the launch of a new model: GLA 250 4MATIC. And Mercedes refers it as fit for rough terrain and urban hunting. Progressive in design, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is a trusted day-to-day motoring companion ready for any adventure, and with good off‑road capability to match. Whether in the city, to the office or on the beach it reinterprets the crossover segment and effortlessly masters all challenges while being tough enough for rough terrain.
The GLA 250 is highly manoeuvrable around the city, lively on the open roads beyond the metropolis, and dynamic and efficient on the busy streets and highways. The high-quality elements, developed with attention to detail, and the flexible interior clearly position the GLA as a premium crossover with a young spirit- making it the most recent model in the new entry level segment that is widening the world of Mercedes-Benz for customers in the region.
As a versatile day-to-day companion the GLA 250 has a flexible and variable interior. The rear seat backrests can not only be folded down completely, but are also adjustable for angle if required (optional). The large luggage compartment (421 – 1235 litres) is well laid-out and can be loaded without difficulty thanks to the low loading sill and the wide tailgate, which opens and closes automatically as an option.
The particularly rigid body structure provides a reliable basis for the GLA 250 which has an engine power of 155 kW (211 hp). The engine features the ECO start/stop function and complies with the Euro 6 emissions standard.
The GLA 250 exclusively with “Urban” line features a radiator grille with two silver-painted louvres and chrome inserts, 19-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and also a twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper.
“The GLA delivers all-round dexterity: whether for business, family or leisure, through urban streets or to the beach, this is a compact car that is emotionally and aesthetically appealing. Add its off-road capabilities, its design credentials and its on-road performance and you have a Mercedes-Benz that promises to be the perfect modern-day motoring companion,” said Dirk Fetzer, Director of Sales & Marketing at Daimler Middle East & Levant.
The chassis of the GLA 250 features a McPherson front axle and an independent 4-linkrear suspension. Three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel manage the incoming forces. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are independent of one another.
The GLA 250 boasts the new generation of 4MATIC all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution as standard. This all-wheel drive system excels with high traction reserves and outstanding agility, combined with superlative driving safety and energy efficiency.
The components of the new 4MATIC include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the 7G-DCT automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear-axle gear unit with integrated, hydraulically actuated multi-disc clutch. This set-up allows fully variable distribution of the drive torque between the front and rear axles. Additional benefits of this design are a lower system weight than is available from the competition and high efficiency.
The GLA 250 4MATIC is equipped with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) and an off-road transmission mode as standard.hen the off-road transmission mode is selected using the transmission mode switch, the shift points and accelerator characteristics are modified so that the requirements for driving on light off-road terrain, and particularly on loose surfaces, can be met. In combination with Audio 20 CD (standard) and COMAND Online (optional extra), the head unit can also be switched to an off-road display. The steering angle, the selected off-road transmission mode and a compass are displayed there. The roll angle in degrees, the gradient in percent and activation of Downhill Speed Regulation DSR are also indicated.
GLA 250 4MATIC comes standard-fit features include ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection and radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist, which now helps to avoid collisions from a speed as low as 7 km/h. The optional list includes: Lane Tracking package with Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist or Adaptive Highbeam Assist, are also available for the GLA 250. Active Parking Assist allows automatic parking in parallel and end-on parking spaces.
The GLA 250 will be available in the GCC in May 2015 with prices starting from US$41,100.