The range of compact 35-series entry-level models in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio is now complete with the introduction of the new GLA 35 4MATIC, but how different is it from the other GLA versions?
The technical basis is already well-proven 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine which delivers 306 hp and 400 Nm, which is variably distributed to all four wheels via the 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Thanks to the powertrain, the GLA 35 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds,
Unlike the GLA 45, the GLA 35 actually looks slightly less sporty, with features like the AMG-specific radiator grille, silver chrome front splitter, 19-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tantalum grey, silver chrome door panels, AMG spoiler lip on the roof spoiler, and the two round tailpipes on the left and right.
In the vehicle interior, the high-tech ambience is complemented by the fully-digital displays. Characteristic touches include the seat upholstery in Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre in black with contrasting topstitching in red and red seat belts.
The interior trim with a carbon-fibre structure and the air vents with a red ring provide further highlights. An interior in black/neva white Artico man-made leather is also available as standard. There are also four optional leather upholsteries.
The combination of sporty design and sophisticated details is also featured in the MBUX infotainment system with its innovative operating and display concept.
Emotively appealing presentations underline the clear control structure and feature brilliant maximum-resolution 3D graphics. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit and as a central element consequently emphasise the horizontal orientation of the interior design.
Similar to the GLA 45, the GLA 35’s chassis has also been strengthened to be more rigid than the outgoing GLA range.
Also standard is the Race-Start function which allows maximum acceleration from stationary and is a highly emotively appealing experience. The functions of the AMG Speedshift DCT 8G transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering wheel paddle shifters in any drive mode, and with the manual transmission mode "M" for manual gearshifts with the paddle shifters.
Last but not least, we have five AMG Dynamic Select drive programs - "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual" which enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. They change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.