When we first drove the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, something was clear: it was a substantially better vehicle than the CLA and GLA that would be offered together with it for the future. The interior quality, technology, powertrain, ride quality, handling … you call it, it was better. However, another thing was clear: because the next-generation CLA and GLA would be based on this very same platform, rationally, they too would be significantly enhanced once they debuted.
Well, we’ve now driven the new CLA class, and the rational conclusion appears to be the ideal one. And now we’re getting our very first look at the third member of that trio, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
Recorded on a track in Germany, it’s pretty easy to tell that what we’re looking at here is the next-generation GLA. It has the same sort of high hatchback look that passes as a crossover, though it appears like there may be a little more ride height this time around. It’s also missing its rear doors, which might be a sign that Mercedes wishes to challenge the Jeep Wrangler for removable door supremacy in the SUV landscape. Or many not. Why are the doors missing, then? Shrug. Guesses welcome in the comments. So too would be those relating to the blue rods on the roofing.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Engine
Everything else we understand about GLA is only informed opinion based upon the A-Class, along with the current GLA’s resemblance to the CLA. If that resemblance continues for generation 2, we will again get a GLA 250 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which in the new CLA produces 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is in contrast to the A 220, the only model/engine readily available in the United States, which has a 188-hp 1.8-liter turbo-four. The GLA is likely to share the family’s seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual that has been significantly improved for this generation after being such an aching point in the existing GLA.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior
Inside, we ‘d expect the dash to be practically similar to the A- and CLA-Class, consisting of the basic MBUX Interface. Materials quality ought to be likewise elevated. If you’re thinking about getting a GLA now, persistence would prove to be a virtue. The unwrapped, production-version of the GLA you see here should be a far better vehicle.
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