- Mercedes-Benz’s pocket rocket is back;
- 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC develops 382 horsepower;
- The GLA 45 features a new fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system called AMG TORQUE CONTROL.
Earlier this week, the Stuttgart giant unveiled some photos of its future Mercedes-Benz EQA, a purely electric crossover very close to the new generation GLA. It is now the turn of another type of crossover, a performance one, to be unveiled as the Geneva Motor Show approaches, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC+.
Like the outgoing model, the new pocket crossover has more in common with a sports car than a common city crossover. From the outset, we notice the usual outside treatment (exclusive grille, AMG badges, quadruple exhaust pipes, oversized rims and more biting brakes, not to mention the added aerodynamic appendages) and to say the least, is that the redesign suits it perfectly.
Under the hood, the 45 model still adds a lot of fuel to the fire, with a power of 382 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, all extracted from a small 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine. The only gearbox available is an eight-speed dual-clutch unit, which takes care of routing the entire output via an improved 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system called AMG Torque Control which checks which wheel or which axle is most in need of assistance at all times.
Also note that the manufacturer will market an S livery of the same utility vehicle, which benefits from 415 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, but at the time of this writing, the press release from Mercedes-Benz Canada does not mention the arrival of this more hardcore variant. In this regard, the “regular” GLA 45 will still be able to reach a speed of 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h.
Inside, the SUV honours the division that built it with sportier seats, a steering wheel with a flat base, and a few other features exclusive to this small bomb. Of course, the MBUX system is part of the equation, as is the touch screen that extends from the center of the dashboard to behind the steering wheel, as a smart tablet stretched as far as possible.
The new GLA 45 should theoretically supplant its predecessor at all levels, the engineers who have reworked the chassis to be more rigid than ever, a comment that also applies to the parameters of the suspension if only to guarantee better performance. But hey, with almost 400 horsepower under the right foot, the German utility will not be part of the category of slow vehicles on the market. That’s for sure.
See you before the end of the year to see the first copies of this other AMG-signed product.