Mercedes-Benz India Limited (MBIL) has introduced the GLA 220d 'Activity Edition' with a price tag of Rs 38.51 lakh, ex-showroom, Pune. This is the company's ninth product launch in 2016, following the recently launched locally-made GLC SUV. Over the GLA 200d trims, the new variant, although sporting the same 2,143 cc 4-cylinder diesel engine, has been tuned to generate more power and torque at 168hp and 350Nm. The Mercedes-Benz 200d Sport offers 134hp and 300Nm of torque.
Another key change in the 'Activity Edition' is the standard off-road package to tackle rough terrains. The off-road package in the crossover version of the luxury hatchback has different driving modes including Off-Road, Gradient, Slippery, Trailer and Rocking Free where the driver can select the relevant mode according to the terrain. Other changes include a new design for the 18-inch alloy wheel and a new body colour option, Mountain Grey. While the 200d Sport version reaches 100km/h in 9.9 seconds, the 'Activity Edition' reaches the same speed in 7.7 seconds.
In terms of design, the 'Activity Edition' has the same GLA signature design that is simple yet sophisticated to look at. The 200d Sport has a two slat chrome grille with a large Mercedes-Benz logo, front and rear skid plates, LED tail lamps and twin-pipe exhausts with black decals on the door and chrome elements on the window lining. In addition, there's metal finish on the side cladding, aimed at accentuating the tough character of the crossover.
For added convenience, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 'Activity Edition' also has the Easy Pack Tailgate, rain sensing wipers, stowage package and load compartment package with multiple storage facilities equipped along with a 12 V socket in the boot. The 8-inch infotainment unit has smartphone integration as well as 'Keyless GO' starting function.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d comes with safety features, which include adaptive brake lights, Attention Assist, Brake Assist System, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, dual-stage airbags for driver and co-driver along with side and curtain airbags. The new addition is expected to attract more potential buyers looking for a crossover version of a hatchback that can actually take on some bit of off-road terrain.