Aimed at the same younger audience the CLA was designed to attract, Mercedes-AMG will debut their GLA45 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Under the hood of the compact SUV is Affenbach’s twin-scroll turbocharged 2-liter four-pot driving 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft torque through a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission to all four wheels. The power plant is capable of pushing the GLA45 from nil to 60 in 4.8 seconds, topping out at an electronically limited 155 mph.
Regarding the transmission, drivers can select from four modes of power management, ranging from full control in Manual and Sport modes (similar to the SLS AMG GT), to Momentary M Mode (found in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series) and Controlled Efficiency, the latter for those times when fuel efficiency and comfort are a greater need than all-out speed. Stop-start function is also available in Controlled Efficiency mode.
Though biased toward the front pair of wheels, the GLA45’s performance-oriented 4MATIC system can send more power to the back when driving in anger, especially upon launch through the fully integrated power take-off unit. Meanwhile, the SUV’s electronic stability program now includes a Curve Dynamic Assist so as to prevent understeer while diving into a switchback.
The GLA45 will arrive in showrooms later this year.