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OverviewActive safety: Helpful assistantsAerodynamics: As sleek as they comeFit for off-road excursions - Multi-talented: The new Mercedes-Benz GLAMultimedia features: Always well informed and entertainedPassive safety: A protection programme for every eventualitySuspension: The right set-up for every useThe body: Stable foundationThe design: Quality and self-assuranceThe engines: Four and 4x4The Mercedes-Benz management team on the GLA: "Element of our strategy for the future"The model range: Many ideas for individualisationThe transmissions: Shifting comfort combined with efficiencyUnder the microscope: endurance testing - A vehicle lifespan at time lapse speedUnder the microscope: GLA Edition 1 - Special incentive at the startUnder the microscope: Renewable raw materials - High-tech parcel shelfUnder the microscope: 4MATIC - Added traction
Feb 10, 2014
With the three lines "Style", "Urban" and "AMG Line" and the "Night", "Exclusive" and "AMG Exclusive" equipment packages, the GLA offers broad scope for individualisation. In the first year after market launch a particularly exclusive "Edition 1" (see next section) also will be available. In addition, there are numerous optional extras to choose from, such as the large panoramic sliding sunroof, or the EASY-PACK tailgate, which can be opened and closed at the push of a button.
Striking 17-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, a radiator grille with two silver-coloured louvres and chrome inserts as well as a chrome finish on the loading sill protector help to provide a stylishly dynamic appearance in the case of the "Style" equipment line. The interior features comfort seats in ARTICO man-made leather/Dourados fabric and also a multifunction steering wheel and shift lever in leather with silver-chrome highlights. The trim features a carbon structure.
The "Urban" line in turn includes a radiator grille with two silver-painted louvres and chrome inserts, 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and also a twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper. Further highlights are the loading sill protector and waistline trim strip in chrome as well as a simulated underguard in dark chrome on the front and rear bumpers. In the interior the sporty character is on display with sports seats featuring integral head restraints and a multifunction steering wheel in leather with perforated grip area. Details such as contrasting topstitching and wave-look trim round off the high-quality atmosphere.
Sportier handling and enhanced driving pleasure come courtesy of the "AMG Line" thanks to the dynamic handling package with suspension lowered by 15 mm and Sports Direct-Steer system. On the exterior, eye-catching features include the AMG bodystyling components with inserts in the front splitter and side sill panels as well as rear apron trim in matt titanium grey. Further highlights include 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and a twin-pipe sports exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper. The interior also boasts a sense of sportiness. Details include aluminium trim, sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, the multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and the gearshift lever in leather with silver-chrome highlights.
The packages: Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive
The Night package builds on the Urban line or AMG Line. It lends the GLA a sporty, expressive character with striking exterior equipment features. These include selected black design elements. The radiator grille sports two high-gloss black louvres and chrome inserts. Likewise in high-gloss black are the AMG 18- or 19-inch light-alloy wheels (based on the AMG Line), exterior mirrors, roof rails and waistline trim strips. Dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear protects against prying eyes and simultaneously emphasises the sporty character.
The highlights of the Exclusive package (available for all three lines) include heated sports seats with 4-way lumbar support for driver and front passenger, leather-covered, like the multifunction steering wheel and the gearshift lever. To match them, the instrument panel and door centre panels as well as the armrests in the doors and the centre console are trimmed with ARTICO man‑made leather. Contrasting topstitching and silver-chrome design elements also help to create an exclusive ambience. The instrument cluster with silver-coloured backplate in chequered-flag look and red dial needles underscores the high-class, sporty character.
Building on the AMG Line, the AMG Exclusive package for the interior offers maximum exclusivity, individuality and a sporty character. Features include the heated sports seats with 4-way lumbar support, whose black RED CUT leather upholstery with red contrasting topstitching sets striking highlights. The instrument panel and the armrest in the doors and the centre console are trimmed with matching ARTICO man-made leather. The multifunction sports steering wheel with flat bottom and perforated grip areas and the leather-trimmed gearshift lever emphasise the sporty character. Red contrasting topstitching is also to be found on all these elements, indicating a loving attention to detail. Further features include sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs or the instrument cluster with silver-coloured backplate in chequered-flag look and red dial needles.
Additional optional extras: still more practical details
The panoramic sliding sunroof with its large glazed area provides for an especially bright and friendly ambience in the interior. It consists of a fixed panoramic glass roof in the rear section and a top-sliding power sunroof with net wind deflector in the front. In addition, two electric roller sunblinds provide shade for the passengers in strong sunlight. Numerous practical functions of the panoramic sliding sunroof ensure a high level of comfort on a journey. In tilt position the glass roof automatically adjusts to the current speed in three stages. At high speed the glass roof is lowered. This reduces the noise level and air circulation in the interior. Conversely, at low speed the glass roof is raised again. The open roof is closed when the air-recirculation switch is pushed or if it starts to rain (in conjunction with the optional). Light and Sight package).
The Light and Sight package creates a higher sense of perceived value in the interior and ensures the best possible visibility inside the vehicle. It comprises the function illumination, which enhances comfort and safety, and the ambient lighting for an enhanced interior atmosphere. Illumination of the door handles and footwells makes orientation easier. Other details include illuminated vanity mirrors in the sun visors, an illuminated interior mirror and separately switched reading lamps in the rear. The courtesy and warning lights for the driver and front passenger doors and the warning and background light in the tailgate serve to improve safety. The ambient lighting is controlled by means of a menu in the instrument cluster. The rear lighting and the integral reading lamps are operated by buttons in the overhead control panel. The electronically controlled rain sensor makes for more relaxed driving in poor weather by automatically ensuring the appropriate wipe frequency of the windscreen wipers depending on the amount of precipitation.
Net pockets on the left and right and a folding box make for a tidier and safer rear passenger area with the Load Compartment package. The backrests of the rear seats can be moved to a 15 degree steeper position, the so-called cargo position. In this way, the load compartment volume can be enlarged by 60 litres, from 421 to 481 litres. In the steeper backrest position the rear bench seat still can be used by passengers. Infant seats also can be fitted facing the rear. A 12V power socket in the luggage compartment completes this practical package.
To facilitate loading and unloading, the EASY-PACK tailgate can be easily opened electromechanically – either by pushing a button on the vehicle key, by means of a switch on the driver's door, or by actuating the release handle of the tailgate. It can be closed by pressing a button on the bottom edge of the tailgate. The closing action ceases automatically if an object prevents closing. To avoid banging the tailgate against the ceiling of a low garage, for example, the tailgate motion can be stopped in any position. Limiting of the opening angle is activated by extended pressing of the closing button (with signal confirmation).