Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The GLA 45 series AMG Mercedes will be in Detroit

What a surprise! After having presented the concept at the Salon Los Angeles, Mercedes-Benz unveils the GLA 45 AMG series in Detroit...
 Image © Mercedes-Benz
Image © Mercedes-Benz
The communication of manufacturers is not always in the subtlety. Thus, anyone could guess that the GLA AMG concept presented at the Salon in Los Angeles in November would lead without a shot being fired in a strictly identical series model. A period of two months will be enough to see it appear on the stand of the star at the NAIAS.

The absence of surprise also concerns the technical characteristics of the model. The 4-cylinder supercharged direct injection of the class A 45 AMG is renewed the same. This 2.0 always develops 360 HP and 450 Nm. It is associated with the DCT dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. What shoot down the 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds compared with 4.6 seconds claimed by the class A. Of course the AWD 4Matic comes standard. Remember that it is a system using a multi-plate clutch in the rear differential housing. However, the GLA AMG disclaims any off-road capability. It adopts indeed chassis buses there still very close to that of the little Mercedes with its reinforced elastic bonding and assistance of specific direction. He will receive Office of 19 inch wheels and can be equipped with optional 20-inch wheels.

The GLA 45 AMG is typical of German luxury manufacturers segmentation strategy. Difficult to understand the real interest of the GLA 45 AMG, which loses its SUV aspect, relative to the class A 45 AMG more performant and probably cheaper. However, there will be no doubt clients to find an answer to this question...


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