The all-new 2021 Mercedes GLA crossover SUV is caught testing, and we have exclusive first images of the test mule. At first glance, we can see some refreshments outside. Like before, Mercedes GLA remains to be trendy, small crossover SUV that will lure many buyers. Moreover, the upcoming model will be built on a new, known lighter platform that will bring even more better styling and excellent fuel-efficient.
Thanks to all this above, we can expect a tough battle between the newest GLA and models like Audi Q3, BMW X3, Infiniti QX30, and Lexus UX.
2021 Mercedes GLA Exterior Updates
The spy photos of the upcoming 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA crossover emerged, and from them, we can see that some refreshments are happening finally. The manufacturer will use the new-gen MFA platform that will be lighter thanks to a combination of aluminum and steel. This platform is widespread and is used on many models nowadays, like A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class.
Dimensionally, the new 2021 Mercedes GLA crossover will keep the same overall shape and proportion. GLA has a higher seating position, and the manufacturer added new stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. Also, aerodynamics will be significantly better, and the same chunky grille remains. The hands-free tailgate as the LED headlights comes as part of the standard equipment.
Finally, the interior of the newest 2021 Mercedes GLA will get some redesign. The carmaker will add more tech, and it will provide more luxury touches than before. Moreover, thanks to the new-gen MFA platform this SUV offers more space inside. So, we can expect even better comfort and more legroom and headroom.
The forthcoming 2021 Mercedes GLA will also get plenty of premium equipment as standard. The standard package will include automatic dual-zone climate control, 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, a high-resolution 8-inch infotainment display, and keyless entry/ignition.
Safety is also excellent and standard features include forward-collision mitigation with emergency braking and driver-attention monitoring.
Like its predecessor, the forthcoming 2021 Mercedes GLA will be offered with only one engine option. Under the hood of this SUV is lying down a potent powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. With this powerful engine, the output will be stable 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Shifting is perfect, thanks to a new 7-speed automatic transmission.
The front-wheel-drive system is once more standard, while the upper trims will be available with a new 4Matic system or also called AWD. Acceleration is still pretty good, and this small crossover can sprint from standstill to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds.
2021 Mercedes GLA AMG Version
AMG version will be also available. This model will be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that will deliver 302 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). Also, the AMG model comes exclusively with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with 4Matic. Thanks to all the above, sprint to 60 mph will be in five seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Price and Release Date
The new 2021 Mercedes GLA model will come with some refreshments. Thanks to that, this model will be the main obstacle to SUVs in the same segment, such as Audi Q3, BMW X3, Infiniti QX30, and Lexus UX. As for the price, there will be slightly higher than before.
The current GLA cost $33,950, so we can expect that the new one will be around $35,000. The debut of the new Mercedes GLA model is likely to be in the middle of 2020.