Mercedes Benz back with GLA-class 'CUV'

Aug 05 2014, 15:12 IST
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Post the launch of Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, without taking a breath Merc has announced GLA Class crossover. CarDekho Post the launch of Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, without taking a breath Merc has announced GLA Class crossover. CarDekho
SummaryMercedes-Benz late entrant in compact SUV club, but...

Mercedes Benz is back with a bang. Post the launch of Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, without taking a breath Merc has announced GLA Class crossover, the vehicle is based on the same MFA platform. This CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) can be booked at MB's dealership' across the country with a booking amount of Rs. 2 lakh. GLA-Class is an SUV built on car platform, expected to be tagged at Rs. 30 lakh.

First seen at the Auto Expo this year, Mercedes-Benz is a late entrant of the compact SUV club, but is all geared up to make the GLA compact SUV a high selling product by offering attractive packages. The German carmaker has launched 7 products in the first half of 2014 and there are more exciting products to follow in the second half. With autos like the classy CLA sedan and the upcoming GLA crossover, Mercedes Benz is hoping to regain its peak position in the Indian market.

The GLA Class will be the smallest and the most economical SUV offering till date by MB. The GLA is based on the modular front wheel drive architecture, similar to the A-Class but it being a crossover, the GLA will be sturdier and will adorn Merc's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The platform uses a strut-type front suspension and a multi-link rear setup. The inputs to steering are directed to standard 18-inch wheels, while there is an option of 19-inches.

Mercedes Benzís GLA Class is a compact city SUV, measuring 173.9 inches long, 71.0 inches wide, and 58.8 inches tall in dimensions. Even then there is no compromise with rear-passenger room and the cargo space can be increased by folding the rear seats. The interiors show resemblance to the GLA's compact sister models, but it features a distinct color combination and accessories. The dashboard gets a beige and black color scheme while the dash panel can be specified in aluminum, or a choice in wood finishes, such as high-gloss or matte. There is ample galvanized switchgear creating a more premium look that reminds of more upmarket cars. The company's MB-Tex synthetic leather remains the standard upholstery, while the genuine article is available as an option. The chrome finish is well sprayed on the AC vents, console outline, door handles, instrument panel and on the steering wheel. The front seats have a special design along with an integrated headrest. Of-course, the company has

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