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Mercedes-AMG introduces the new GLA35 4MATIC, a compact all-rounder offered as an entry-level model to the Mercedes-AMG world.

27 Jul 2020 | International News : Germany

The range of compact 35-series entry-level models to the world of Mercedes-AMG is now complete. The seven-member family extends from the A-Class to the CLA Coupe and Shooting Brake and the seven-seater GLB - and is now rounded off by the new GLA35 4MATIC.

The technical basis is already well-proven. The agile high-torque 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine delivers 302bhp and 400Nm of torque, which is variably distributed to all four wheels via the AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission and the variable AMG Performance 4MATIC. The engine powers the car from zero to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. 

The 2.0-litre engine has an immediate response to accelerator pedal commands, high tractive power and an emotive engine note
The high technological standards of the new four-cylinder engine are also underscored by numerous efficiency-enhancing measures. These include CAMTRONIC variable valve train, intelligent thermal management for coolant and oil, high-precision piezo injectors and multi-spark ignition. In production, the patented CONICSHAPE cylinder honing reduces in-engine friction and also increases efficiency.

The design of the GLA35 is based on the AMG Line, but also makes unmistakable statements with distinctive features. The AMG-specific radiator grille emphasises the model's membership to the AMG family. The rear view is dominated by the striking rear apron with a new diffuser insert, the AMG spoiler lip on the roof spoiler and the two round tailpipes on the left and right. The slim, two-section rear lights lend an impression of breadth to the GLA's rear.

The 19-inch light-alloy wheels are painted in tantalum grey with a high-sheen finish
In the vehicle interior, the high-tech ambience is complemented by the fully-digital displays. Characteristic touches include the seat upholstery in Artico man-made leather or Dinamica microfibre in black, with contrasting topstitching in red and red seat belts. The interior trim with a carbon-fibre structure and the air vents with a red ring provide further highlights.

The combination of sporty design and sophisticated details is also featured in the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with its innovative operating and display concept.

The customer can choose between the three AMG display styles, 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Supersport', for the instrument cluster. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data. The centre console in a piano-lacquer look finish with standard touchpad has additional buttons that control the three-stage Electronic Stability Program, manual transmission mode and the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptively adjustable damping.

The two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit, emphasising the horizontal orientation of the design
The multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather ensures first-class ergonomics and intuitive operation. The steering wheel rim with a flat bottom, perforated leather in the grip area and red contrasting topstitching is both attractive and pleasant to the touch. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual shift operations.

Looking downwards, the brushed stainless steel sports pedals convey a motorsport-like look and functionality. The rubber studs ensure extra grip. The black floor mats with AMG lettering and a nubuck leather-look border emphasise AMG family membership.

The optional, AMG Track Pace personal racing engineer is integrated into the MBUX multimedia system for the specific analysis and improvement of driving skills. This is assisted by the satellite-based GPS system and data such as lateral and longitudinal acceleration, accelerator and brake pedal position or steering angle. The MBUX Augmented Reality function also allows the ideal line of a stored race track to be displayed on the multimedia display or optional head-up display, allowing the driver to improve lap times with a virtual instructor on board.

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