Hot on the heels of BMW and Range Rover, who’ve seen considerable success with compact luxury CUVs that are truly compact, Mercedes-Benz is all set to release its newest model lineup, the GLA-Class. Slotting in below the current GLK-Class, the new GLA250 shares some underpinnings with the new CLA compact sedan. With additional ride height and a design that’s somewhere between an SUV, a hatchback and a CUV, the overall package succeeds in being both small and an interesting sight to behold.
At launch, the sole model choice will be the GLA250 4MATIC, which pairs Mercedes-Benz’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque along with a 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. In this application of 4MATIC, the front wheels drive the car most of the time, though the GLA does feature the ability to transfer up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels when traction is needed.
Pricing will start at right around $31,000 for the base GLA250 4MATIC when it goes on sale this September. The front-wheel-drive version, which goes on sale early in 2015, will likely be priced a bit under $30,000. A hotted-up AMG variant is to follow, too.