Mercedes’ GLA crossover may just be the next big luxury compact crossover. It’s headed stateside shortly, but most of us weren’t expecting it to get this much of a boost.
The Mercedes GLA was released this past year in Europe for the 2014 model year. It comes available with a 2.0 liter I4 gasoline engine, or 1.8 liter or 2.1 liter diesel I4 variants. The five door wagon is also available in both front wheel drive or all-wheel drive variants. Six speed manual or seven speed dual clutch transmissions are the standard choices availed to the buyer. The compact crossover should arrive in the states sometime this fall as a 2015 model.
However, Brabus, the premier upgrader of Mercedes vehicles, wasn’t quite satisfied with the GLA’s weak performance figures. The turbocharged GLA45 AMG, employing the 2.0 liter I4, is upgraded from 355 hp and 332 ft. lbs. of torque to around 394 hp and 369 ft. lbs. of torque. The modifications shave .4 seconds off of the 0-62 mph time, bringing it down to 4.4 seconds. For buyers who have the lower end CDI versions of the GLA, there is still a 40 hp upgrade available to take the car up to 208 hp.
The new kit from Brabus avails the customer with two different suspension options. One kit, designed for making the car easier to get in and out of of the vehicle and to enhance the SUV like character of the car, raises the car 1.2 inches. Those buyers concerned with better handling and aerodynamics have the option to lower the car by an inch. Wheels can be upgraded to 21 inch forged Brabus wheel, coupled with high performance street tires. A stainless steel Brabus sport exhaust is also available, with the option of a controlled butterfly valve to enhance sound.