All-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA to launch in Malaysia on 15 Dec, more expensive than BMW X1?

Hans ยท Dec 11, 2020 12:00 PM

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia have announced that the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA (H247 generation) will be launched via an online, digital premiere event on Facebook on 15 December, 11 am.

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The launch of the GLA, a 5-seater compact SUV comes about 4 months after the launch of its 5+2 seater sister car, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB.

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Together with the A-Class hatchback, A-Class sedan, B-Class, and CLA-Class, the GLA and GLB complete Mercedes-Benz’s MFA-II platform compact car family.

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Mechanically, all these models are identical.

Details have yet to be announced but the GLA will most probably be offered in at least two variants, the GLA 200 and GLA 250. A hot AMG GLA 35 and GLA 45 could also be offered.

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Like all other MFA-II platform compact car range, the 200 series cars are powered by a Renault-built M282 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 163 PS and 250 Nm, paired to 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The 250 series use Daimler’s own M260 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 224 PS/350 Nm, paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It could also come with 4Matic all-wheel drive.

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AMG GLA 35

The AMG 35 series cars make 306 PS/405 Nm from a higher state of tune M260 engine used in the GLA 250, while the AMG 45 cars make 387 PS and 480 Nm from the M139 engine, also 2.0-litre.

Unlike the six- and eight-cylinder engines used by other AMG models, the four-cylinder 35 and 45 series cars don’t come with hand-built engines.

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Previously, the GLA Class looked too much like a jacked up A-Class but for this generation, it’s closer to the GLB, complete with an additional rear three-quarter window at the sides.

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The model will most probably be imported from Mexico, like the GLB, although some units from Germany’s Rastatt plant do occasionally make it here to supplement supply.

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As an imported model, the GLA will certainly be priced higher than an equivalent locally-assembled (Kulim) BMW X1

Prices for the BMW X1 ranges from RM 208,368 to RM 230,410, prices valid until 31-December 2020, inclusive of sales tax exemption for CKD cars. Of course, the X1 specifications and power output is also lower.

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The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder BMW X1 sDrive20i makes 192 PS/280 Nm while the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder makes 140 PS/220 Nm.

Hans

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Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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