22 Nov 2013

Mercedes at the LA Motor Show

Graham King looks at what Mercedes has brought to the LA Motor Show 

Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Mercedes is getting its moneys-worth from its small-car platform. It already underpins the A-Class, B-Class and CLA-Class and can now be found under the new GLA-Class. As the name suggests, the GLA is a smallish SUV that’ll do battle with the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque. Top of the range will be the GLA45 AMG.

Predictably, the GLA45 AMG uses the same engine and running gear as the AMG A- and CLA-Classes. So it has a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged motor producing 360bhp and 450Nm of torque. The grunt is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels.

All that power gives a 0-62mph time of something under five seconds. It’ll be interesting to see how the extra height and weight over its siblings affects the GLA’s handling

The GLA45 AMG’s only real rival at the moment is the Audi Q3 RS. I’m not particularly convinced the world actually needs either of them, but I’m quite glad they exist all the same.

Article by Graham King