Mercedes-Benz is really taking the fight to BMW and Audi, listed as number 1 and 2 respectively in the global premium car sales list. Latest armour is the new GLA-Class, the brand’s smallest SUV so far. The GLA will be for eligible people who don’t like the X1, Q3, nor the Volvo Cross Country. It’s coming to Mzansi in 2014.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA 8

The GLA is based on the GLA Concept which was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto, and is small compared to the likes of the G, GL, ML and GLK (not available here yet). It measures 4.4 metres long, 1.8m wide and 1.49m high. While the GLA is not exactly an off-roader, it can be fitted with the company 4MATIC all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which is probably more for better traction in slippery conditions than anything else.
 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA 10
Some of the safety systems to be expected include Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Distronic Plus.
 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA 14
At the international launch there will be a GLA 200GLA 250GLA 200 CDI and GLA 220 CDI. Starting with theGLA 200, it has the company 1.6-litre turbo engine making 115kW and 250Nm of torque. GLA 250 is a 2.0-litre turbo with 155kW and 350Nm. The two diesels are: GLA 200 CDI with 100kW and 300Nm, and GLA 220 CDImaking 125kW and 350Nm. All models will be offered with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic.
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Excitingly the GLA will also be offered with a GLA 45 AMG worth 265kW (our mediation worked!), just like the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. That’s really awesome because there is no BMW X1 M. However, there is an Audi RS Q3 coming our way.

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