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Mercedes GLA: Frankfurt motor show 2013 | evo



The Mercedes GLA has made its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. As its name suggests, it’s an all-new compact SUV based on the same platform as the A-class, B-class and CLA. And Mercedes has confirmed an AMG version will follow.The GLA45 AMG will be spun off the same recipe as the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG, mating a 355bhp 2-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and seven-speed DCT gearbox to all-wheel drive, though its increased ride height and taller stance should provide the chassis a few more challenges than the punchy A45 and aerodynamically svelte CLA45.Previewed by the GLA concept at the Shanghai motor show earlier in the year, the small SUV has been toned down slightly. Although remaining largely unchanged from the concept, the styling of the GLA shares a lot of DNA with the A-Class. Huge attention has been given to the car’s aerodynamics, resulting in a Cd figure of 0.29, impressive for something of its shape.Engines are also shared with the smaller Mercedes, and the entry-level GLA200 comes with the 154bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Mercedes’ cheapest diesel model, the GLA200 CDI, will come with the 134bhp 1.8-litre engine. Both of these models will only be available as front-wheel drive in the UK.In order to get four-wheel drive in the UK, you will have to opt for the 168bhp 2.1-litre diesel GLA22

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