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Christopher Bruce2014-01-07 13:17:46

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Packs 355hp in a Tiny Truck

It will be on sale this summer

The GLA45 AMG is the truck counterpart to the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG

Mercedes-Benz’sMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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new range of compact, front-wheel drive models has been a raging success, and it will build on that with the new GLA45 AMGGLA 45 AMGMercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMGGermany, 2014 > 20147 photos

The GLA45 AMG gets the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 355hp (360ps) and 332lb-ft (350Nm) also found in the A45 AMGA45 AMGMercedes-Benz A45 AMGGermany, 2013 > present7 photos
and CLA45 AMGCLA 45 AMGMercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMGGermany, 2013 > present6 photos
. The potent powerplant gets the GLA45 AMG to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and to a electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. It meets the EU6 emissions standard, and it consumes 7.5l/100km and emits 175g/km of CO2.

Like the A45 and CLA45, all-wheel drive is standard, and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT dual-clutch seven-speed transmission is the only gearbox available. It has M, S and C modes. C is meant to maximize efficiency; S is for sporty driving, and M is fully manual.

To show off its additional power, the GLA45 AMG gets a full AMG body kit with a new front splitter, twin blade grill, standard bi-xenon headlights, aluminum roof rails, a rear diffuser and chrome exhaust pipes.

Inside, the GLA45 AMG gets standard seats made from man-made leather and microfiber, but full leather is optional. The multifunction steering wheel is covered in Nappa leather. The instruments are updated with the Racetimer that provides driving performance information.

“Currently there is no segment growing faster than that of compact SUVs. For Mercedes-AMG it is therefore a logical step to make a dynamic statement in this segment with the GLA 45 AMG. Our new high-performance-SUV not only offers the world's most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine, but also impressively low fuel consumption and emissions figures,” said AMG Chairman Tobias Moers.

The requisite upgrades have also been made to the suspension and braking systems. Torque vectoring by braking the inside wheel during hard cornering is standard. A stiffer front suspension, and thicker anti-roll bars in the rear also keeps the GLA45 AMG planted. Braking is provided by vented, cross-drilled brake discs all-round. Variable ratio power steering is also standard.

The GLA45 AMG will premiere at the North American International Auto Show on January 13. Orders will open in mid March, and sales will begin in July.

Straight 4
121 cu in
Top Speed
155 mph
7, Double Clutch
Maximum power
360 hp @ 6000 rpm
Sport-utility vehicle
Fuel consumption (combined)
31.36 US MPG
annual ownership cost




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