Mercedes-AMG has revealed the second-generation GLA45 S ahead of a local release in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Power comes from AMG’s new M139 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 310 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. At this point in time, it’s the world’s most powerful four-cylinder production engine. It’s the same powerplant used in the new A45 S and CLA45 S.
An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to AMG’s variable 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system with torque control. The system uses two electronically controlled multi-disc clutches, each of which is connected to a rear axle driveshaft. In this way, the power can not only be variably distributed between the front and rear wheels but also selectively between the left and right rear wheel.
In terms of performance, AMG claims the small SUV can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 270km/h.
The suspension is new and consists of a McPherson strut design at the front with a four-link set-up at the rear. There are three transverse control arms and one trailing arm plus specific bearings per rear wheel. According to AMG, the design ensures maximum driving stability and agility.
AMG’s adaptive damping ride control system is standard and enables the driver to toggle between three different suspension control modes. The spectrum ranges from comfort-focused to sporty.
A high-performance braking system is standard consisting of 360mm x 36mm discs at the front clamped by six-piston fixed calipers, while the rear gets 330mm x 22mm discs with single-piston floating calipers.
According to AMG, engineers have extensively reinforced the body shell for precise self-steering characteristics, as well as track and camber stability, even when driving at high speed. A lightweight aluminium plate bolted underneath the engine, known as the “shearing plate”, increases the torsional rigidity at the vehicle's front end. In addition, diagonal struts at the front and rear of the underbody further improve the stiffness of the chassis.
Equipment highlights include a unique bonnet, AMG radiator grille, LED headlights, a restyled front splitter, 20-inch alloy wheels, a roof spoiler and two 82mm round tailpipes.
On the inside, standard kit includes an AMG steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber, sports seats, an ambient lighting package, and the MBUX infotainment system that features AMG-specific details that include a race timer, a G-meter, engine data, plus individual AMG displays such as visualisation of the driving programs.
Locally, the GLA45 S is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, full specs and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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