allcarschannel Mercedes-Benz has made available the new GLA 45 AMG to address the growing performance-oriented Compact SUV segment. Based on the GLA-Class, the top flight GLA 45 AMG is Mercedes’ interpretation of the most powerful and fully-charged performance compact SUV yet.

At a glance, the GLA 45 AMG’s front apron with front splitter and the AMG “twin blade” grille, both in titanium grey, immediately brings out the vehicle’s athletic highlights. There’s an unmistakable AMG lettering noticeable between the louvres of the radiator grille, plus the Black flics (air deflector elements) above the large cooling air intakes at the sides and the obvious Bi-xenons.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG is the Three-point Star’s most dynamic interpretation of performance Compact SUV

When viewed from the side, the distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels in three design variants catch the eye. The side sill panels with matte titanium grey inserts, the “TURBO AMG” lettering on the front wings and the aluminium roof rails lend the GLA 45 AMG a special touch. The rear end is dominated by the diffuser insert with matte titanium grey trim and by the rectangular, chrome-plated tailpipe trim of the twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap. Standard 5-twin-spoke AMG 19-inch wheels in titanium grey shades, high-sheen finish and 235/45 R19 tyres complete the GLA AMG’s aggressive demeanor. As an optional extra, larger 10-spoke AMG light-alloy 20-inch wheels with 235/40 R 20 tyres are valid.

Interior-wise, sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber with red contrasting top stitching and red designo safety belts are just as much on board as the AMG Drive Unit. The 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering with red contrasting top stitching, perforated leather in the grip area and steering-wheel shift paddles allows for a near perfect vehicle control. The AMG instrument cluster with 2-tube design and central color display, AMG main menu and Racetimer is on hand to provide information to the driver. On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen. The trim of the instrument panel is of brushed aluminium and, in tandem with the brushed stainless-steel AMG front door sills, emphasizes the high-grade, exclusive ambiance inside the GLA 45 AMG.

Under the hood, the GLA AMG gets the most powerful series production 4-cylinder powerplant that enables 265 kW (360 hp) and 450 Nm of torque A power density of 133 kW (181 hp) puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on a par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars; according to Mercedes-Benz. The powerplant is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission that offers three distinct modes; which include a double-declutching function dependent on the transmission mode and a Race Start function for optimum acceleration.

Standard AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive makes sure the car sticks firmly to its performance and the dynamic spirit sentiments. The all-wheel-drive system transfers the engine power to the road optimally and provides perfect traction – regardless of the weather conditions. Coupled with AMG sports suspension and high-performance braking system, the GLA AMG is destined for that ultimate drive feeling.