With an impressive growth of 150 percent, Mercedes-AMG is rather bullish about India, and today they launched their GLA 45 AMG 4Matic SUV for Rs. 69.6 Lakhs. The GLA 45 is a sportier derivative of the recently launched GLA compact SUV. Similar to the CLA 45 AMG and the A 45 AMG on which it is based, the GLA 45 AMG gets the same 360 hp and 450 Nm turbocharged 2.0 liter engine. Mercedes says this 2.0 liter engine is the “world’s most muscular four-cylinder production engine.”
The GLA 45 AMG uses a 7-speed dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission to send power to all wheels via Merc’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which provides an ideal transfer of engine power to the road to provide perfect traction – regardless of the weather conditions. The 4MATIC control unit evaluates all the data required for driving dynamics and traction to calculate the ideal torque distribution.
Engineers have given the GLA 45 an AMG sports suspension with specially tuned dampers, a speed-sensitive sports steering, a high-performance braking system with ventilated and cross-drilled brakes and a Curve Dynamic Assist system with a three-stage ESP (Electronic Stability Program). The AMG Performance exhaust system also features a large pipe diameter for minimized exhaust gas back pressure and optimized performance.
The GLA 45 AMG also gets exterior touches to make sure that you don’t confuse it with it’s ”plain” family siblings. These include a redesigned front grille, trademark, aggressive AMG bumper-work, sporty rear diffuser, quad exhaust tips, 19-inch alloys and bright red brake calipers to show off your deceleration might. And if those decals all over the body start to unnerve you slightly, they’re optional.
The interiors feature a 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction AMG Performance steering wheel with red contrasting topstitching and AMG aluminum steering-wheel shift paddles allows for perfect vehicle control. The AMG instrument cluster with 2-tube design and free-standing 17.8 cm Central Media Display, AMG main menu and the RACETIMER which enables lap times to be measured and stored so as to provide information to the driver. AMG Performance seats with red contrasting topstitching and red designo safety belts are on board, as is the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The trim of the instrument panel is of brushed aluminium and, in tandem with the brushed stainless-steel AMG front door sills.
The car offers intuitive equipment operation with COMAND Online which is equipped with a hard-disc navigation system featuring a map display along with a DVD player, radio and 10GB memory for compressed audio files and Speed Limit Assist to display speed limits in the instrument cluster. Then there’s Active Parking Assist which makes it easier when searching for a parking space and when entering or leaving parallel or end-on parking spaces. The system automatically steers the vehicle into parking spaces, taking the steering and braking work off the driver.
The GLA 45 AMG now expands the extensive SUV line-up to five models (GLA 45 AMG, ML 63 AMG, GL 63 AMG, and G 63 AMG). Mercedes-AMG thus offers the widest range of SUVs among all high-performance premium brands.