2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 revealed with class-leading 415bhp output
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 revealed with class-leading 415bhp output|Mercedes-AMG GLA45
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 revealed; to rival Audi RSQ3

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the second generation of its GLA compact crossover, that offers more power and tech

Sam Jenkins

Increased ride height, more weight and compact SUV styling make the GLA a less desirable alternative to its A-class sibling for most, but Mercedes-AMG has applied its range-topping 45 treatment for 2020, putting in in line with Ingolstadt’s RSQ3.

Powered by the same 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as in the current A45, the standard GLA45 produces 381bhp and 475 Nm of torque, with the GLA45 S boasting 415bhp at 6750rpm, and 500 Nm of torque – that’s 21bhp more than the Audi, matching the output of the A45 hatch.

The GLA gets an AMG-specific grille with Panamericana-esque vertical slats

The GLA gets an AMG-specific grille with Panamericana-esque vertical slats

As you might expect from a car with the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder engine, performance is brisk. The range-topping S covers the 0-100kmph sprint in 4.3sec (a tenth sooner than the standard GLA45), with top speed coming at 269kmph (250kmph for the non-S) – that puts it two-tenths ahead of the RSQ3, though the Audi goes on to a higher 280kmph top speed.

The standard GLA45 produces 381bhp and 475 Nm of torque, with the GLA45 S boasting 415bhp at 6750rpm, and 500 Nm of torque
The standard GLA45 produces 381bhp and 475 Nm of torque, with the GLA45 S boasting 415bhp at 6750rpm, and 500 Nm of torque Mercedes-AMG GLA45 engine

Setting it apart from the rest of the GLA range is an AMG-specific grille with Panamericana-esque vertical slats, flared wheelarches, larger intakes, 20-inch wheels (19-inch on the non-S) and a roof spoiler, all as standard. A valve-controlled exhaust system, and four-pot 350mm front, single-piston 330mm rear brakes also come at no cost. Twenty-one-inch wheels are available at an additional cost, and through the AMG Dynamic Plus package, buyers can opt for an uprated, 360mm six-piston braking system.

Inside, Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system GLA

Inside, Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system GLA

Power is sent to the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, where it’s distributed to the wheel that needs traction most for optimum performance.

Inside, Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system and all-new interior design can be found in the range-topping GLA, offering an array of screens, ambient lighting, carbonfibre-look trim and plenty of Alcantara-esque Dinamica microfibre as standard. AMG Performance seats can also be had as an option.

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