Performance versions of crossover will get 415bhp in top-spec ’45’ form and 302bhp in cheaper ’35’ trim for 2020
13 August 2019

Mercedes is readying an all-new, second-generation GLA for next year, and as expected we’ve now had the first sighting of the hot AMG-tuned variants.

Prototypes of both the new entry-level AMG variant - the GLA 35 - and the full-fat GLA 45 have both been seen testing at the same time. Both will bring the AMG-tuned compact bodystyle total to six when launched, joining the A-Class and A-Class saloon, the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake and the new GLB SUV

We can see that the GLA 45 sports the brand’s trademark ‘Panamericana’ grille alongside a bodykit that changes every lower body panel. The 35, on the other hand, features a more subtle exterior with a grille more in-line with the rest of the standard GLA lineup.

Mechanicals will be adapted from those of the recently launched Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45. For the former, that means a 302bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, translating to a 0-62mph time of around five seconds. 

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The latter, however, will see that 2.0-litre engine taken up to 415bhp in flagship ’S’ form, and 382bhp in the standard variant. That would bring the crossover’s 0-62mph time down to around four seconds, and it will also feature a more advanced all-wheel drive system with the option to send most of the power to the rear-wheels as part of a Drift Mode function. 

Details of the GLA 35’s and 45’s launch date are yet to be revealed, but expect them to arrive in the second half of 2020 - a good few months after the standard variants.  

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13 August 2019
Imagine if your job involved having to pretend to be excited about these things.

13 August 2019

This looks very similar to the B class.

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