FIRST LOOK: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA – see what’s new, disappointing, and what to expect for Malaysia

The new H247 Mercedes-Benz GLA has been quite a long one in the making, but it finally made its world premiere yesterday via digital livestream. Just two models form the introductory line-up, starting with the entry-level GLA 200, and it’s joined by the hotter GLA 35 4Matic.

Now, the new GLA is said to be more functional than its predecessor, and adding credence to that claim is the ballooned proportions. It’s over 100 mm taller than before (it gets 143 mm of ground clearance, nine millimetres more), and the rear legroom space is up by a staggering 114 mm. Boot space is also slightly bigger at 435 litres (up 14 litres), and the rear bench reclines by up to 14 degrees.

Okay, for engines, the GLA 200 uses the familiar M282 1.33 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developed in conjunction with Renault, producing 163 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Together with a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it sprints from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and maxes out at 210 km/h. The combined fuel consumption is between 5.6 to 5.9 litres per 100 km on the NEDC cycle.

The intermediary GLA 250 4Matic has yet to be announced, so next in the range is the AMG GLA 35 4Matic, which comes equipped with a M260 2.0 litre turbo four-pot churning out 306 PS and 400 Nm. This is mated with an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system, allowing it to rocket to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. More engine options will join the range (like the GLA 45), including a GLA 250 e plug-in hybrid model.

Safety-wise, the GLA gets autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, while other items such as a Driver Assistance Package that adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Active Steer Assist with Active Lane Change Assist, traffic sign recognition, Evasive Steering Assist, cross-traffic AEB, blind spot monitoring (with a door opening warning) and Pre-Safe Plus, can all be had as an option.

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  • Darren on Dec 13, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I’d get Proton X50 becuz nampak garang & ranggi.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Dec 13, 2019 at 11:17 am

    The 4 link suspension setup as standard is an added plus. Malaysian models should also come with power boot, AEB and blind spot assist if the B200 launch is anything to go by and yes I doubt they will add rear AC vents as they would want to keep the entire lineup the same. If anything I would like them to add lane departure too.

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    • Steven son on Dec 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      B200 from RM240K. GLC200 from RM300K.
      All new GLA200 from RM270k incl free servis

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  • Darth_Zoom on Dec 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Hope Mers maintain thr current price….

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  • longjaafar on Dec 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It definitely looks better than the present one. It may even steal some sales from the GLC..

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  • Azmuneer on Dec 14, 2019 at 11:34 am

    External looks slightly better..but cabin design i found out its kinda funny..better current one.
    1.3L for a small suv totally underpower and way too much expensive for a 200k plus car.same goes for exhaust-feel kinda has been cheated by MERC,a brand supposedly give confindence feel rather than ,”u kena tipu maa” feel.

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  • hazri on Dec 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    if not because of tristar symbol, i thought this is new hyundai car.

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