Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Small SUV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2023
Ever since the third generation of the A-Class, Mercedes-Benz offered an AMG version, and that idea was carried over to the next models based on the same platform, such as the GLA.
When the German automaker introduced the first GLA in 2013 (the X156), it proved that sometimes smaller is better. Then, the AMG version appeared, enhancing the lineup, and that was an undercover rally car fit for tackling gravel roads like there's no tomorrow. But then, the second generation of the GLA showed up in 2019, which was also granted with a Mercedes-AMG version refreshed in the Spring of 2023.
On the 2024 model-year Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, the compact crossover sported a new Panamericana grille at the front instead of the one with a single, horizontal bar that crossed the grille from side to side on the rest of the GLA lineup. Its redesigned LED headlights were shared with its stablemates, but the lower bumper looked different with its horizontal slats inside the side scoops and the lower grille. From its profile, the car boasted its standard 19" light-alloy wheels, while the automaker offered wheels of up to 21" in diameter. Finally, at the back, the redesigned taillights featured LED technology and a different layout than its non-facelifted sibling.
Inside, the five-seat GLA provided enough room for four adults or five on short jaunts. Its leather-wrapped cabin offered a sense of luxury enhanced further by the look of the illuminated turbine-like vents from the dashboard. But the upgrades didn't stop there and went a little bit more with the augmented reality MBAUX infotainment unit that boasted a 10.25" inch display.
For the drivetrain, Mercedes-AMG installed a turbocharged two-liter gasoline powerplant that sent its grunt in all corners via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G (eight-speed, dual-clutch) transmission. In addition, an integrated starter-generator that worked on the 48v architecture added 10 kW (13 hp) to the package.