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If the road is a stage, the GLA is a true character actor. With its hallmark SUV proportions and its striking front, it exudes a self-assured presence. But the GLA is not just an SUV – it is first and foremost a Mercedes-Benz, as indicated by the centrally positioned star in the radiator grille and what is known as the “dropping line”. This is the design line which extends from the headlamps along the sides to the rear axle, creating an impression of fluid dynamism even when the vehicle is stationary. No wonder the GLA looks so pleased with itself.
Not so very long ago, headlamps were required simply to provide illumination. Today, many headlamps shine like little works of art. This is attributable above all to LED technology. LEDs are much longer-lasting and more efficient than conventional lights – and they create a fascinating light design. LEDs are optionally available for the GLA, depending on the selected scope of equipment. LEDs are employed in the front and rear indicators and in the brake light. The daytime running lamps, side lights and tail lamps employ fibre optics, which enable a harmonious transition of light. The resultant lights are absolute gems that provide for a distinctive design, day and night.
The GLA is intended to inspire, to fire your imagination and to rouse your spirits. This is what it did with us when Mercedes-Benz developed the current engine generation. A cutting-edge technology package in particularly compact and lightweight design produces amazing results: the GLA 250 has an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and in conjunction with the optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission 7G-DCT has a combined consumption of just 6.0–5.8 l/100 km, which corresponds to combined CO2 emissions of 140–134 g/km.* What sounds like a contradiction is the logical consequence of turbocharging, direct petrol injection, variable valve control – and truly tireless engineers.
For even more efficient driving, five diesel variants are available. With up to 350 Nm of torque, they offer an effortlessly superior driving experience. Overtaking manoeuvres are performed with astounding ease born of refined power. The latest generation of common rail direct injection enables efficient combustion and exceptionally smooth and quiet running.
However alert you may be at the wheel, a quick distraction may be all it takes to cause a rear-end collision. Such collisions account for around one quarter of all accidents involving injuries in Ireland. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive’s aims include reducing this figure substantially in future. Intelligent Drive is a fundamental conviction driven by innovation and a due sense of responsibility. But what does it mean in concrete terms?
In its standard guise the GLA is fitted with Active Brake Assist. This system provides the driver with a visual warning when the distance from the vehicle in front is inadequate. An acoustic warning additionally sounds when the gap continues to close. Even more reassuringly, if the driver brakes too tentatively, the situation-appropriate braking support increases its power to the extent required to prevent a collision. This is also intended to prevent vehicles behind colliding with the vehicle as a result of excessively heavy braking. Active Brake Assist is also able to trigger autonomous braking if a rear-end collision appears imminent and the driver fails to react, so preventing an accident or at least minimising the consequences.