If you’re after a high-performance SUV, then your options just got a little bigger. Mercedes-Benz have given the new GLA an AMG makeover which sees it turn from a tidy-looking luxury crossover, into a tire scorching, sports car embarrassing, monster.
Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG is a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine. That might not sound like much, but in fact it’s capable of producing 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. That allows for a zero-to-sixty time of just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph. The transmission is a seven-speed dual clutch unit with Manual, Sport and Comfort settings. Under normal conditions power is sent to just the front wheels, however when required it can shunt up to 50 percent to the rear wheels.
Other highlights of the GLA 45 AMG include an upgraded suspension system, a new AMG developed speed sensitive steering system, and high performance brakes.
Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Specifications:
|Bore x stroke||83.0 x 92.0 mm|
|Output||360 hp at 6,000 rpm|
|Max. torque||450 Nm at 2,250-5,000 rpm|
|Power density||181 hp|
|Fuel consumption, NEDC combined||37.6 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||175 g/km|
|Emissions standards||EU 6|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.8 s|
|Top speed||155 mph*|