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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Goes On Sale In India At Rs 42.10 Lakh


The new GLA is available in four variants, including the sportier AMG 35 that’s locally assembled in India

 

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  • 2021 GLA is priced between Rs 42.10 lakh and Rs 57.30 lakh.
  • It’s 104mm taller and 30mm wider than its predecessor.
  • Comes with features like a digital driver’s display, MBUX infotainment system, and 64-colour ambient lighting.
  • It is provided with two petrol and one diesel engine.
  • The GLA rivals the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and upcoming Audi Q3.

Mercedes-Benz India has launched the 2021 GLA at an introductory price of Rs 42.10 lakh (ex-showroom). However, after July 1, 2021, the carmaker will hike the asking price by up to Rs 1.50 lakh. 

The compact luxury SUV is available in four variants, including the locally assembled AMG GLA 35. Here is the detailed variant-wise price list:

Variants

Ex-showroom Price

GLA 200 Petrol

Rs 42.10 lakh

GLA 220d Diesel

Rs 43.70 lakh

GLA 220d 4MATIC Diesel

Rs 46.70 lakh

GLA 35 AMG 4MATIC

Rs 57.30 lakh

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The new GLA is 1,611mm tall and 1,834mm wide, which is 104mm and 30mm more than the outgoing model. But, measuring 4,410mm in length, it is 14mm shorter than before. However, the new wheelbase, at 2,729mm, is longer by 30mm.

Thanks to the revised dimensions, the new GLA looks the part now. The outgoing model seemed more like a beefed-up hatchback.  

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The GLA’s exterior design is a throwback to the A-Class (it is from the same family, after all). The familiar Merc grille dominates the front, flanked by LED headlamps. The aggressively styled bumpers add to the sporty look. The side profile appears comparatively cleaner, with squared-out wheel arches and no sharp lines (or creases). At the rear, the SUV gets split LED tail lamps and a rugged-looking bumper. 

Fun Fact: The AMG variant comes with sportier elements like the Panamericana grille, larger alloy wheels, and a lowered ride height. 


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Inside the GLA, the dash seems to have been lifted from the A-Class. The twin-screen setup -- comprising the MBUX infotainment system and digital instrument display -- takes centre stage. Also, the turbine-like AC vents look fantastic, especially at night with the ambient lighting switched on. 

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The entry-level SUV in 2021 features connected car tech, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, 64-colour ambient lighting, wireless phone charger, and the new Energizing seat kinetics -- Merc-speak for electric seat adjustment for optimum comfort -- for the driver. On selecting this programme, it’ll automatically keep making minor adjustments to the seating posture so you don’t feel fatigued during long drives. 

Passenger safety is taken care of by seven airbags (standard), ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, an active bonnet for pedestrian safety, active brake assist, and attention assist.

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Under the hood, the GLA comes with three engines depending on the variant you pick. Specifications of all three motors are as below: 

 

GLA 200

GLA 220D

GLA 35 AMG

Engine

1.3-litre turbo-petrol mild-hybrid

2.0-litre diesel

2.0-litre turbo-petrol

Power (PS)

165PS

192PS

310PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

400Nm

400Nm

Drive 

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Transmission

7-speed DCT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

0-100 kmph

8.7 seconds

In 7.3 seconds

5.1 seconds

Top Speed

210kmph

Up to 222kmph 

250kmph

Mercedes has nailed its aftersales services as well. The SUV comes with a standard eight-year warranty on the engine and transmission, which can be transferred to the next owner while selling the car. There are also predefined service packages, starting from Rs 61,200 for two years.  

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The 2021 GLA renews its rivalry with the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and the upcoming Audi Q3. We’ll be testing the new SUV soon, so follow this space for all the updates.

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