Mercedes-Benz India yesterday launched its eighth AMG model. The car in question is the GLA45 AMG compact SUV. It is based on the MFA platform which is seen underlying the A-, B-, CLA- and recently launched GLA-Class. This combination of hot hatch and mini SUV has been priced at Rs-69.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
On the outside, the crossover looks sporty (as is expected from AMG) and can be easily differentiated from the standard GLA with all its badging and a more aggressive design approach. The front sees a reworked grille, bumpers and wider air intakes for the engine to breathe through. The headlamps get a strip of DRL to add more menace to the face. The sides are characterized by optional sporty decals and 19-inch, five-spoke alloys, within which flash the red AMG brake calipers. View is best when seen from the rear. Chrome plated quad exhausts and a lip spoiler affirm the car’s personality and so do the three letters on the tailgate spelling performance. The silver finished front splitter and rear diffuser help with the aerodynamic aspect while upping the appeal.
Interior gets sports seats with contrasting stitching, flat bottomed steering wheel and a huge floating 17.8cm centrally mounted media display. The rest of the layout is fairly similar to the CLA sedan.
The powerhouse is a 2.0litre, in-line four-cylinder, turbocharged unit generating a hugely impressive 355bhp and 450Nm of torque. This little unit is the most powerful four-cylinder mill currently in production. The heavy-hitting motor is matched to a 7-speed DCT AMG transmission enabling this nifty SUV to do the 0-100kmph dance in a brisk 4.8 seconds and topping out at 250kmph (claimed). Power is routed to the tyres through Mercedes’ 4Matic system with propelling power going primarily to the front wheels. Fuel efficiency in view of the performance is good. The GLA 45 AMG gives a claimed mileage of 13.3kmpl and will also keep the environmentalist happy with a carbon footprint of just 175g/km.
Merc’s newest offering is a trailblazing product and has no real competition to contend with. The German manufacturer has moved in swiftly to cash in on the SUV appeal with a product having muscularity and a sporty bent of character. The price is a bit steep though but if you can afford it, the thrills and a big grin on your long weekend drives are your reward.