Mercedes-Benz to Unveil GLA Class in Frankfurt

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onAugust 14th, 2013

North Americans got shafted when it came to the awesome A45 AMG. We’re told that we don’t like hatchbacks, and we like our SUV’s and crossovers. When we heard that we will be more than happy with the GLA class crossover, based on the same A/B/CLA platform, we were skeptical. Today, as the official pics of the GLA class was released ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show, we’re quite happy with the decision.

The GLA250 will be the only model available at launch in the US, available in both front wheel drive, as well as all wheel drive variants. The engine will be the tried and true 2.0L 4 cylinder, making 208hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque, propelling the GLA250 to 60mph in 6.8 seconds via the 7 speed dual clutch transmission. Sized and priced to compete directly with the BMW X1, the GLA250 will be a welcome to the segment. Here’s hoping that AMG sends us a GLA45 AMG shortly.

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