Larger than ever in the past, Mercedes’ compact car lineup is set to generate the biggest family of small AMGs in the history of the three-pointed star. We’ve already seen the A35, A45 hatchbacks and sedans signed up with by their swoopy CLA 45 equivalents. However, there’s far more to come soon. Current spy shots have exposed the new entry in Mercedes’ compact family, and the blocky GLB will eventually be provided in both AMG 35 and AMG 45 tastes, which is the same thing we can say about the next-generation GLA.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA Spy Shots
Spotted up until now, just in lower trim levels, the baby crossover from Daimler has now been captured by our spies out and about testing in the hotter Affalterbach-tuned versions. As previously discussed in short articles about the routine 2020 GLA, the next-gen model seems to feature a more sophisticated style, and in AMG clothes, it’s much more desirable.
Regardless if we’re referring to the 35 or 45, the bigger exhaust tips, large wheels, and broader bodies with fender flares denote this isn’t a regular GLA. The crossovers have a stiffer suspension setup bringing them closer to the roadway, while the meaner of the two GLAs is concealing its “45”- scheduled grille with the vertical slats akin to the Panamericana-style grille.
While we do not get to see what’s going on inside the cabins of the two prototypes, a peek at an existing “35 or “45” AMG car will reveal a lot of what to anticipate from the new performance-oriented GLAs. We’re anticipating the interiors to be almost similar to what you get in an A35 hatch or a CLA45, with some discreet changes to make them a little bit appreciable.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA Engine
Both the GLA 35 and GLA 45 will count on a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine, with 302 horsepower for the previous and 382 hp for the latter. There’s probably going to be a GLA 45 S with 416 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque to work as the range-topper. All versions are going to come as basic with all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automated transmission. However, the “45” cars are going to boast eight gears or another than the “35” models. It stays to be seen whether the drift mode will be provided on the small crossover, although we don’t see a reason it should not.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA Debut
It will be a while before the GLA 35, and GLA 45/ 45 S will be revealed, considering we have not even seen the basic model yet. Our cash is on an official premiere of the AMGs at some time in 2020 and a market launch as 2021MY cars.
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