The German carmaker announced plans for the new 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA. For example, MB promises sportier ride and more space inside. Well, the story is not complete. Behind the official page, we found a few more interesting details about further upgrades. The most interesting speculation speaks of the new AMG version. GLA is the subcompact crossover, but when you hear the performance-oriented version delivers 300 hp, everyone would suspect in its size. But, the new vehicle will use the same platform and its dimensions should remain the same.
The small SUV class is not so popular compared to all other segments. Even fewer buyers are opting for the luxury class. Still, the GLA is a leader in this tier, although the competition comes from archrivals from the same country. The new 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA will cement its #1 place in the class with all the upgrades the company is promising. Well, Volvo is making an interesting move by launching the all-electric XC40. We’ll see if the MB is ready to respond to this challenge.
What’s New For the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA?
the all-new 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA will be shorter than before. However, even the hard-core fans won’t notice the difference, which is only 0.6 inches. The carmaker makes a room for the new vehicle, GLB crossover, which will be between GLA and GLC. So, how did designers make it more spacious? Well, photos are not unveiling that, so we will have to see the new crossover at the debut or on the streets. The only thing we know is that SUV is 4 inches higher, but that upgrades only the headroom.
But, the driver’s bucket will be raised. So, that harms the abovementioned headroom but improves visibility. Plus, Mercedes worked on other parts, and now the new pillars are not covering your sight as before. The new MBUX system is there and the center of it is a touchscreen display at the center of the dashboard. It is modern and safe, not distracting the driver’s attention.
Same Engine, Enhanced Ride
Under the hood of the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA is the same 2.0-liter turbo-four drivetrain. It is capable of producing 208 hp and 258 lb-ft for the current model. However, the company promised modernization and extra power. The ride will be smoother thanks to the new suspension system. Also, the company is improving safety adding extra features, such as Active Brake Assist. This is the first step in self-driving since the option has autonomous reactions if sensors receive a signal from pedestrians. Furthermore, the new GLA will be more capable of an off-road drive thanks to the special package of features, including unique animation and light system.
2021 Mercedes Benz GLA AMG 35
The top of the class trim level will be the AMG 35 model. The standard model is more muscular thanks to the upgrades. However, the highlight is a 2.0-liter engine that pumps out 302 horsepower. The 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard for the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA AMG 35 and the muscle crossover needs only five seconds to reach 60 mph. Special suspension by AMG will smoother the ride, while an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both editions.
You will recognize this model thanks to the radiator grille and 19-inch wheels. The special design includes 5-spoke rims and AMG spoilers at the back. Inside, Mercedes is using more premium leather for upholstery with contrast stitches on seats. There are still some optional features, such as carbon-fiber details. The center of the infotainment system is a 10-inch screen. The MBUX is boosted even more, with premium audio and smart features.
2021 Mercedes Benz GLA Release Date and Prices
The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA was about to appear this summer. An early release date was planned before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the delay is not official. The automotive industry is taking big hits and we are leaving this possibility open. Whatsoever, until MB confirms it, we will believe the GLA will arrive in the summer.
The price is one of the unknown details. The new version will put some value to the current cost, which is, by the way, already hefty. The 2021 YM will start above $35,000 for the GLA 250 trim. With a few options, the price goes over $40,000 pretty easily. Heavily loaded, it reaches $50,000. The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA AMG 35 is still unknown. The current performance-oriented edition is the most expensive one, and the future crossover will stay at this place. We just don’t know if it is going to be too much more expensive from the current MSRP. It will be fair to see it below $55,000, although you can buy a mid-size luxury SUV for this amount of money. Mercedes needs to weight everything since the competition is coming with the BMW X1 M and Audi Q3 RS.