Mercedes unleash new GLA 45 AMG

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 16:32
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UNVEILED: New Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Mercedes are continuing their rigorous product offensive with the new GLA 45 AMG.

The compact SUV, set to debut at this month’s North American International Auto Show, smashes 0-62mph in 4.8seconds and hits a top speed of 155mph.

It is paired with AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive and AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission as standard, and boasts fuel economy of 37.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 175g/km.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “The response to the Concept GLA 45 AMG during the world premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show has reaffirmed our decision to launch this new AMG model.

“Currently there is no segment growing faster than that of compact SUVs.

“For Mercedes-AMG it is therefore a logical step to make a dynamic statement in this segment with the GLA 45 AMG.

“Our new high-performance-SUV not only offers the world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine, but also impressively low fuel consumption and emissions figures.”

The vehicle is paired with the 360hp AMG 2.0litre turbo engine, the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world.

Its seven-speed sports transmission features three distinct modes, a mode-dependent double-declutching function and a RACE START function for optimum acceleration.

In standard specification, the GLA 45 AMG runs on five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, with larger ten-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels with tyres of size 235/40 R 20 optional.

Optional AMG equipment exterior feature upgrades include the aerodynamics package, carbon-fibre exterior mirror housings, the exterior carbon-fibre package, rear spoiler and night package.

Full UK specification and pricing are still to be confirmed.