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September 28, 2020

For P 3.290M, the 2021 GLA is Your Entry Into the Mercedes-Benz PH SUV Family (w/ Specs)

Mercedes-Benz Philippines updates its entry-level SUV, the GLA for 2021. The eighth model in the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) family, the second-generation GLA brings with it the best of two high-volume segments for the premium brand: compact cars and SUVs.

The 2021 GLA features sharpened styling with a more expressive design. Reinforcing its SUV stature, its overall height has been increased by 100 mm to 1,611 (1,616 with roof rails). For the local market, the AMG Line adds specific elements including a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, 19-inch 5 twin-spoke light alloy wheels, and polished aluminum roof rails.

Despite its nimble length, the GLA has a flexible interior thanks to its 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. Moreover, the cargo hold height can be adjusted in two stages. Feature sets include a black roof liner and Artico Dinamica microfiber seats.

Front and center to the GLA experience is the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The 7-inch instrument and media display features an intelligent voice assistant as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For those who prefer to use physical controls, the GLA uses a touch operation concept using a combination of a touchscreen, touchpad on the center console, and touch control buttons on the steering wheel.

For the Philippine market, the GLA is available as the GLA 200 AMG Line. This means the sole engine on hand is a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder motor. Despite the small displacement, the turbocharger enables it to generate a respectable 163 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic with driver selectable modes.

In terms of safety, the GLA 200 AMG Line comes with Active Brake Assist to avoid a frontal collision, or at least reduce its severity, Attention Assist to warn the driver of inattentiveness/drowsiness, the Light and Sight Package which bundles enhanced exterior lighting, and Parking Package with consists of Active Parking Assist. A tire pressure monitoring system rounds everything up.

The 2021 GLA represents an exciting moment for Mercedes-Benz most popular compact SUV. Sporty, modern, agile, and practical, and has remained a firm favorite for those who love sleek styling of an SUV but prefer a compact vehicle. It is now available for viewing at all authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide with an introductory price of P 3.290 million.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AMG Line Specifications
  • Engine Displacement: 1,322 cc
  • Power Output: 163 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
  • No. of Cylinders / Arrangement: 4/Inline
  • Rated Torque: 250 Nm @ 1,520 to 4,000 rpm
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AMG Line Standard Equipment
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Multifunction sports steering wheel including touch control button left and right
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with the driving programs "ECO", "Comfort", "Sport" and Individual
  • ECO start/stop function
  • 3-point seat belts in appointments colour including mechanical belt height adjustment, belt-force limiters and pyrotechnic belt tensioners for driver and front passenger plus pyrotechnic belt tensioners on outer seats at rear
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Armrest for driver and front passenger with stowage compartment beneath
  • Head restraints five for driver and front passenger and in rear, height-adjustable and centre rear retractable
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control
  • 3rd brake light in LED technology
  • Windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe and automatic activation when reversing
  • Pedestrian protection Active Bonnet
  • ATTENTION ASSIST Detects the onset of drowsiness on the basis of steering behavior and can alert the driver to an impending micro sleep
  • Airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Windowbags
  • Kneebag for the driver
  • ISOFIX child-seat mountings and TopTether attachment points in the rear backrest, at the top left and right
  • Childproof locks manually operated for the rear doors and electrically operated for the rear power windows
  • MBUX multimedia system (548) with 7 inch (17.78 cm) instrument and media display
  • Electric parking brake with comfort function (released automatically when moving off)
  • Brake Assist (BAS) with automatic recognition of emergency braking situations and assisted braking
  • Adaptive brake lights flashing
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
  • Acceleration skid control (ASR)
  • Tyre pressure loss warning system
  • Crash-responsive emergency lighting
  • Hill-Start Assist
  • Central locking with interior switch and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Immobiliser electronic incl. infrared remote control locking system in the designer key with chrome highlights
  • Stowage compartment in the centre console
  • Retractable load compartment cover
  • Outside temperature display
  • Anti-theft alarm with interior motion sensor
  • TIREFIT with tire inflator
  • Parcking Package with Active Parking Assist & reversing Camera
  • 7G-DCT 7-speed dual clutch transmission including cruise control
  • Extended MBUX with “Hey Mercedes”
  • Smartphone integration: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Touchpad
  • LED dynamic headlights
  • KEYLESS GO starting function
  • Driver's seat, electrically adjustable with memory function including exterior mirror with parking position
  • AMG Line (Side skirts painted in body color, visible tailpipe trims and rear apron with decorative element in chrome, 48.3cm (19-inch) 5 twin-spoke light-alloy wheels (RTF), AMG floor mats
  • Multi-function steering wheel in Nappa leather
  • Seat backs foldable in the rear (40/20/40)
  • Air outlet nozzles in black with chrome outer ring
  • Light and sight package
  • Light in the passenger footwell
  • Lowered Comfort Suspension
  • AMG Body Styling
  • Polished Aluminum roof rails
  • Black roof liner

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