German iconic carmaker Mercedes-Benz is busy sprucing up its car portfolio for 2018. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is its offering in emerging compact luxury SUV segment. To thwart rivals like BMW and JLR get the upper hand, the GLA class is being given a makeover for 20187. Exterior changes are not major and the SUV gets a nice technological boost inside. The model first exhibited at the recent Detroit Motor Show, is ideal if you want a luxury crossover that offers good all round performance.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Design
The 2018 Mercedes Benz GLA class has a sporty and sleek exterior. The angular body looks enticing and the grille gets revamp in this edition. Even the front bumpers are new and it gets new alloy wheels. The new model is 30 mm higher than 2017 version and features Led lamps with automatic brightness adjustment. It will be sold in three trim levels – GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and top end AMG GLA 45. Available exterior colors include Cirrus White, Cosmos Black Metallic, Lunar Blue Metallic, designo Mountain Grey Magno and Cocoa Brown Metallic etc.
The cabin is sleek and luxurious. A bright 8-inch color display is there to control infotainment. Its seats are comfortable but the sloping roof invariably cuts into head space at the back seats. The dashboard and instrument console looks absolutely fresh and clutter free. A Yellow Night Edition is there for select markets and it gets yellow highlights in the interior. It also gets different grille, Artico leather seats. All trims get top notch materials in cabin and craftsmanship is excellent, to say the least. The cabin is for 5 adults but large sized and tall adults may jostle at the back seat. Cargo space is decent but here it lags behind rivals like Acura RDX.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Engine
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA class is powered by 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine and it is mated with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It generates an output of 208 hp. The AMG GLA 45 trim gets a beefier 2.0-liter turbo engine which generates a respectable 375 hp. The latter requires just 4.3 seconds reaching 60- mph from 0. Ride quality is good and you can pick from carious selectable driving modes.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA class base trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, fog lights, privacy glass, dual zone climate control, driver information display, premium vinyl upholstery, cruise control, ambient interior lighting. It also gets Bluetooth, HD radio, two USB ports. Buyers can opt for the company’s Mbrace telematics system at extra cost. The GLA250 4Matic has AWD and it also gets hill descent control.
There are plenty of packages to customize the car and definitely they add to the cost. These include the Premium Package, Driver Assistance package, Night package, and Sport package.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Price and Release Date
The expected starting price for the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLA class is approx $34,000. It will be put on sale soon.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA class gets nice styling and technological upgrade. Apart from reduced cargo space and lack of enough powertrain choices it scores well on all fronts.