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Mercedes GLA 45 AMG to be launched on Oct 27

  • Oct 16, 2014
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Mercedes Benz will be launching the GLA 45 AMG on October 27 in India. For the uninitiated, the GLA 45 AMG is the high performance variant of the GLA-Class crossover, which is also a fairly new product from Mercedes in India. The GLA 45 AMG will feature the same four-cylinder AMG powerplant as seen on the recently launched Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.

The engine on the GLA 45 AMG is going to be its major draw. It is a 2.0 litre inline-4 petrol engine that is backed up by a twin-scroll turbocharger. Power output is rated at an impressive 360PS @ 6,000rpm while 450Nm of torque is available between 2,250 - 5,000rpm. The engine comes mated to an AMG seven-speed speedshift dual clutch transmission. Unlike the standard front-wheel drive GLA offered in India, the GLA 45 AMG will come with an AWD system.

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On the outside, the GLA 45 AMG will wear an AMG body kit that comprises a sporty front bumper, a brushed aluminium front splitter, side skirts, a set of 5-twin spoke 19-inch AMG alloy wheels and a rear bumper that houses a diffuser along with quad chrome-tipped exhaust tips. Like the regular GLA-Class, the AMG version is based on the company’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform that also underpins A- and B-Class cars. Also, for improved drive and handling the GLA’s overall height has been reduced by 15mm as compared to the standard car.



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Inside the car, all the standard equipment is borrowed from the standard GLA, but the AMG badging with AMG seats clubbed with red seat belts scream aloud of the cars performance roots, so as to help users differentiate it from regular models.

The GLA 45 AMG will be Mercedes’ sixth AMG offering in the country as the company is looking forward to attain a higher number of sales in the niche performance car segment. The GLA 45 AMG is expected to be priced around Rs 65 lakh- Rs 70 lakh. As of now, the GLA 45 AMG does not have a direct competitor in the market, which may interest well-heeled performance and SUV crazy enthusiasts alike.
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