Mercedes-Benz GLA 220 d 4MATIC \'Activity Edition\' - All You Need To Know

  • Oct 19, 2016
GLA 220 d 4MATIC Activity Edition Front Right

Mercedes-Benz has added a new variant to the GLA compact-SUV lineup in India with the introduction of the GLA 220 d 4MATIC 'Activity Edition'. Mercedes-Benz has sold over 3500 units of the GLA since its launch in 2014, and the launch of the 'Activity Edition' should attract some attention towards it this festive season. This is the 9th product launch by the company in India in 2016.

Priced at Rs 38.51 Lakh, ex-showroom Pune, the GLA 220 d 4MATIC 'Activity Edition' is the top-of-the-line diesel variant in the lineup in the country. Other diesel variants of the GLA include the 200 CDI Style and the 200 CDI Sport. Petrol variants of the GLA include the 200 Sport and the Mercedes-AMG GLA45.

As the '4MATIC' name suggests, this diesel variant is the only one in the GLA lineup to be offered with an AWD system and off-road package as standard. Though it shares the same 2.2-litre, in-line 4-cylinder motor with the other diesel variants, the engine tune has been tinkered, it now develops 170PS of maximum power (34PS more) @ 3,400-4,000rpm and 350Nm of peak torque (50Nm more) @ 1,400-3,400rpm. Coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GLA 220 d 4MATIC 'Activity Edition' can dispatch off the 0-100kmh time in 7.7 seconds (9.9 seconds for the 200 d, and 7.6 seconds for the 200 petrol).

GLA 220 d 4MATIC Activity Edition Rear Left

On the outside, the GLA 220 d looks familiar, the basic design has not changed; Mercedes-Benz has added many cosmetic updates to differentiate this new variant from the rest though. Changes on the outside include the customary badges which now read 'Activity Edition', black decals on the lower portion of the doors, chrome strip on the side cladding and 18-inch dual-5-spoke petal-like alloy wheels. The GLA 220 d 4MATIC Activity Edition is also offered with an exclusive paint option - Mountain Grey.

Inside, the design is as youthful as the outside. Additions include an 8-inch multimedia display with smartphone integration, 'Activity Edition' special floor mats and overhead spectacles panel at the front. New equipment includes  keyless entry-and-go, rain sensing wipers, stowage compartments under the front seats, net in the front passenger footwell and behind the front seats to stow knick-knacks etc. The tailgate can be operated electronically, with a button to open, close or stop the tailgate as required.

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