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New 415bhp Mercedes AMG GLA 45: UK prices and specs revealed

Junior GLA 35 on sale from £43,565, while range-topping GLA 45 S tops out at almost £65,000

Mercedes-AMG has revealed prices and specifications for its latest hot SUV. Prices for the 302bhp GLA 35 start from £43,565, while the 415bhp GLA 45 S kicks off at £58,775.

The GLA 45 S uses the same 415bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the A 45 S. It also gets the same eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4MATIC four-wheel drive too, with torque control across the rear axle to help with cornering and acceleration. The car can crack 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds – half a second slower than the A 45 S.

The hot GLA rides on MacPherson struts at the front and a four-link set-up at the rear, while adaptive damping with three modes comes as standard. Large six-piston brakes, which come as part of the AMG Dynamics Plus pack, are also standard.

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AMG’s familiar Dynamic Select programme is also fitted, allowing drivers to choose between five driving modes. They range from Comfort to Race, while a new Master setting has also been introduced that enables “slight oversteer”. However, there is no Drift mode like that fitted to the A 45 S hatchback. 

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Styling upgrades include LED headlights, flared front wheel arches, 20-inch alloy wheels and a rear diffuser, while a large rear wing will be optional. The cabin gets a Nappa-leather steering wheel and yellow contrast stitching on the seats.

The overall cabin architecture is largely carried over from the A 45 S, with 10.25-inch twin digital displays house AMG-specific telemetry technology and augmented 3D graphics for the navigation system. 

The GLA 45 S is offered in two equipment levels. The £58,775 GLA 45 S is joined by the GLA 45 S Plus, priced from £64,775, with the higher-spec model adding adaptive dampers, 21-inch wheels, multibeam LED headlights, an aerodynamics package, glass panoramic sunroof, Multi-Contour Seat package with electrically adjustable front seats, Blind Spot Assist; a Burmester surround sound system; and Traffic Sign Assist as standard kit. 

Mercedes-AMG GLA 35: Pricing and equipment 

The £43,565, 302bhp GLA 35 variant comes a standard with 19-inch wheels, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist, AMG sports suspension, heated front seats, wireless charging for smartphones and a 10.25-inch central infotainment screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a reversing camera. 

Buyers will have to spec up to the GLA 35 Premium, priced from £46,065, for the dual 10.25-inch display setup, interior ambient lighting at 20-inch wheels. Above that sits the £50,000 GLA 35 Premium Plus, which adds adaptive dampers, 21-inch wheels, an aerodynamics package for the exterior, plus adaptive LED headlights and a glass panoramic roof.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 will rival the Audi SQ2 when it goes on sale, check out our review of the SQ2 here...

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