Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG revealed with 355bhp ahead of Detroit debut

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the production GLA 45 AMG, ahead of next week’s debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Previewed by a concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the production model is very similar, boasting typical AMG updates like beefier bumpers, bigger air intakes, new side skirts, bigger alloy wheels and quad exhaust tips.

In case you rally liked the concept and want to make you GLA 45 stand out from the crowd, there are optional bright decals, a huge carbon fibre rear wing, even bigger alloys, red brake calipers and carbon fibre turning vanes for the front bumper.

In addition there is a Nigh Package that has chrome exterior trim swapped for black, and a full carbon fibre package for the interior.

Power comes from the already familiar turbocharged 355bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine with 450 Nm of torque, found in the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. Power is sent to AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive via AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, enabling the GLA 45 AMG to go from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, while the average fuel consumption is 37.6mpg.

With a more powerful engine comes also a retuned chassis, with stiffer sports suspension, thicker anti-roll bars and revised steering.

The GLA 45 AMG will go on sale here in UK in June, with prices expected to start at around £43,000.


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