Recent Mercedes-Benz models such as the A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG and S-Class have received an Edition 1 and now the German marque is doing the same thing with its GLA compact crossover.
The first Mercedes-Benz in the fast-growing compact SUV segment is highly maneuverable (length x width x height 4417 x 1804 x 1494 millimeters), lively, dynamic and efficient on the motorway (Cd figure 0.29). It is also the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be optionally available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution.
The GLA model rounds up the company’s SUV portfolio, sitting next to the GLK, ML, GL and G series. The GLA will be offered with the familiar 156 hp (115 kW) 1.6-liter gasoline unit, along with a 211 hp (155 kW) 2.0-liter in the GLA 250. A 2.2-liter diesel with 136 hp (100 kW) powers the GLA 200 CDI, while a 170 HP (125 kW) 2.2-liter drives the GLA 220 CDI. Later on we will also see the range-topping GLA 45 AMG with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine taken from the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG. Power is of 360 hp (265 kW), transferred to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system via a dual-clutch, 7-speed AMG Speedshift gearbox.
The limited-run “Edition 1″ will be available only for 12 months, with order books opening in November while deliveries kick off next March. On offer there will be four exclusive exterior paint schemes such as Cirrus White, Mountain Grey Metallic, Orient Brown Metallic and Designo Magno Mountingrau, along with five-spoke 19-inch AMG black alloys and bi-xenon headlights. The cabin has received a leather-wrapped, three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel and more aluminum inserts, as well as comfort seats and brushed stainless steel sport pedals. Available with any engine, the Edition 1 costs an extra 6,307 EUR and is not compatible with the optional AMG Package.