Some have described the previous generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 as a go-fast-everywhere car. Its ride height and bonkers power output allowed it to terrorize all roads no matter the condition.
The second generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 has even more power than before, with 421 PS and 500 Nm of torque in its most powerful S variant. Drive is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
0-100 km/h is blazed in 4.3 seconds, going onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 270 km/h.
The GLA 35 uses the 2.0-litre M260 engine (M139 in the GLA 45), pushing out 306 PS/400 Nm to all four wheels via the same 8-speed DCT. It takes 5.2 seconds to complete the century sprint and top speed is capped at 250 km/h.
The 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system in the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is able to transfer power to not only between front and rear wheels, but between left and right wheels as well. The system will detect which individual wheel needs power the most and adjust accordingly.
In the GLA 35, the 4Matic system only shuffles power between the front and rear axles.
On the GLA 45 S variant, brakes are 6-piston calipers on 360 mm discs up front and a single piston caliper on 330 mm discs at the rear. The GLA 35 gets 4-piston calipers with 350 mm discs at the front with single-piston 330 mm discs at the rear.
The AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension has 3 modes – Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.
Both have variable ratio steering to provide a more comfort-biased feedback or a sportier and sharper response.
In the GLA 45, drivers can choose between 6 different drive programs through the AMG Dynamic Select from “Slippery” to “Race”. The program alters the powertrain characteristics, steering, stability control systems, suspension and exhaust note.
Will the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and GLA 45 arrive in Malaysia?
Given the popularity of the previous generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's history of offering just about every AMG model, we'd say yes.