RE: Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 due in early 2020

RE: Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 due in early 2020

Friday 9th August

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 due in early 2020

The high-riding version of the A45 is nearly upon us. Expect more than 400hp - and drift mode



New spy shots confirm that AMG has moved to the latter stages of testing for its next GLA 35 and 45 models, which are set to do battle early next year with the likes of Audi's RS Q3 using the same highly strung 2.0-litre as their hatch siblings. That means the range-topping top GLA 45 S will have 421hp from AMG's already fabled M139 turbocharged four-pot, while the regular 45 will come with 387hp and the less well-equipped 35 with 306hp. Despite being the practical offering of the 45 range, the quickest GLA will also be given drift mode.

Although the concept of a jacked-up performance crossover still receives a mixed reception in these parts, the last GLA 45 turned out to be a surprisingly good performer, offering the ballistic pace of the hatch with a softer, less brittle chassis. The latest 45 hatch has proven to be a much more forgiving on the road, suggesting the GLA versions might become somewhat supple options in the segment - at least when they're set to their softest damper modes.


That needn't come at the cost of handling, either, as evidenced by their still-sharp predecessor, an attribute likely to be heightened by Merc's drift mode, which comes standard on the S. It provides genuine rear-driven handling, sending the full power output to the back wheels - so it's even more extreme than the system employed by the old Focus RS - something that's been very effective on the hatch.

The AMG models will come around five months after the regular variants of all-new GLA, which are expected at Frankfurt next month, wearing the usual aesthetic additions to signal their performance. But, like the hatch, AMG's latest 35 and 45 models will also be spec-able in slightly less garish forms, meaning a rear wing and winglets won't be standard parts. Performance crossover or not, a discreet, somewhat practical and decent riding 412hp AMG doesn't sound too bad, does it?


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the Carguy

Original Poster:

3 posts

15 months

Friday 9th August
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Does anybody really need this in their life...?

eddharris

286 posts

137 months

Friday 9th August
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I see quite a few GLAs so I suspect the answer is yes, unless they're all stupid.

I had the 250 as a courtesy car and quite enjoyed it, I'd imagine this will be a hoot to drive. That additional clearance will help in the winters here.

FaNtheMaN26

30 posts

3 months

Friday 9th August
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The outgoing model to me looked great as it didn't seem that much taller than the regular A glass and the big wheels and arches made it more aggressive to my eyes at least than the A45...

This ones too big, as it's to take on the Audi etc more head on

moldy

95 posts

49 months

Friday 9th August
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Too much choice is never a bad thing, agree see lots about, With a dose of AMG installed whats not to like

wab172uk

1,354 posts

171 months

Friday 9th August
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the Carguy said:
Does anybody really need this in their life...?
Suppose it depends on what you need. Given I have a bad back, these are easier to get in and out of without the need to make a noise in the process.

I don't have one of these or one of it's competitors, but I do see the need / want for these cars.

CharlieAlphaMike

372 posts

49 months

Friday 9th August
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Drift mode? In an SUV sillylaughroflroflroflnonoredcard

Dave Hedgehog

10,634 posts

148 months

Friday 9th August
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the Carguy said:
Does anybody really need this in their life...?
The outgoing GLA45 is a far better daily driver than the spine smashing A45

Its not really an SUV thou as amg have lowered it so much its no higher than a focus, its only 10mm higher than the A45


Not seen the height of the new one

NITO

617 posts

150 months

Friday 9th August
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This is all good, I love the ride height of the standard GLA, a shame the AMG is slammed and looks about the same height as a regular A45. About time they raised it up again for a proper real world and comfortable height.

I wish they did a raised kit for a CLS to turn it into an Allroad/Outback version type, far more useful and useable smile

ps. and while they're at it, please make sure it houses a full size spare in the rear this time, it's completely unacceptable to remove the ability to carry a spare onboard for the AMG version.

sidesauce

997 posts

162 months

Friday 9th August
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NITO said:
I wish they did a raised kit for a CLS to turn it into an Allroad/Outback version type, far more useful and useable smile
Not quite a CLS but...



And I'm sure if you asked very nicely with a suitable sum of money...


Harry_523

162 posts

43 months

Monday 12th August
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Dave Hedgehog said:
the Carguy said:
Does anybody really need this in their life...?
The outgoing GLA45 is a far better daily driver than the spine smashing A45

Its not really an SUV thou as amg have lowered it so much its no higher than a focus, its only 10mm higher than the A45


Not seen the height of the new one
From memory of the old one, the regular GLA was 45mm higher than the regular A-class, then they lowered the GLA45 by 45mm, making it the same height as the regular A class.

NITO

617 posts

150 months

Friday 16th August
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sidesauce said:
ot quite a CLS but...



And I'm sure if you asked very nicely with a suitable sum of money...

Lol, that'll do nicely wink

I remember seeing that a while back! Looks more purposeful and apocalyptic than an SUV hehe.

AmosMoses

3,318 posts

109 months

Friday 16th August
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I'd love a GLA45, performance of the A45 but with proper suspension travel cool

Dave Hedgehog

10,634 posts

148 months

Friday 16th August
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AmosMoses said:
I'd love a GLA45, performance of the A45 but with proper suspension travel cool
want to buy one wink


Alex_225

3,434 posts

145 months

Friday 16th August
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Oddly the outgoing GLA45 was the only SUV type motor I actually quite liked.

I saw it on a review against the Macan and just thought it looked fine, like a road going WRC car. In my mind it just struck me as a car that could hammer it over the lumps and bumps in the road without a problem.

I'll reserve judgement on the new design until it's released.