Compact crossover with compelling performance
Mercedes-Benz has boosted power and enhanced the appearance of its AMG GLA 45. The compact performance crossover combines gravel-travel capability with strong performance credentials, thanks to its very special 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In terms of pure performance, for its size, there are virtually no rivals to the 2021 model year GLa 45.
New grille gives it lots of presence
If you are a loyal follower of AMG’s smaller performance cars, you’ll immediately notice the bolder grille on this new GLA 45. It is an evolved version of the Panamericana-inspired design. What distinguishes this 2021 GLA 45’s grille treatment, are the bolder vertical slats, with a reflective finish.
Lots of wheel options
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it will equipped the 2021 model year GLA 45 AMG with 19-inch wheels, as standard factory fitment. Customers will have the option of upgrading to larger 21-inch alloys if they wish. If ride quality is your desire, best to stay with the 19s, but if you really want to fill-out those wheel arches, then the 21s are for you.
Bigger pipes out back
Around the GLA 45’s rear, there are a few new design details. Mercedes-Benz has supplied a remolded bumper, which also houses new exhaust ends. These individual exhaust ends now measure 3.2-inch and are grouped in two sets, at each corner of the GLA 45’s bumper.
Bigger wing on the tailgate
Aerodynamics are in integral part of all AMG’s high-performance vehicles. Despite its smaller size, the GLA 45 also benefits from a comprehensive aerodynamics package, which includes this new roof spoiler. It provides stabilizing downforce, at high speed, at the rear of the car.
All the ponies you could ever need
The most impressive feature of AMG’s 2021 model year GLA 45 is without question its engine. Its codename is M139 and you’ll struggle to find a more powerful-per-capacity engine anywhere else. The 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine boosts 382hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It drives all four-wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Yellow theme lightens the mood
The GLA 45 cabin is a blend of quality Mercedes-Benz leather trim and contemporary infotainment technology. Yellow piping gives color appeal to the GLA 45 interior and the front seats feature more significant side bolsters, to ensure the both driver and front passenger, are securely held in place, during high-speed cornering.
A very rapid compact SUV
The GLA 45 might have a stance that makes it capable of exploring more destinations than a conventional sportscar could, but that does not imply any compromise in performance. AMG claims the GLA 45 is good for 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds. Enhancing the dynamic driving experience even more, is a Race Start mode, which adjusts ignition, thereby giving that ‘blip-up’ sound when changing gears. Assisted double-declutching is also activated with the Race Start function.