The reference European model of GLA-Class at the 12th Auto Expo is a compact luxury SUV that combines dynamic styling with clear benefits for recreational use and marks a new approach for Mercedes-Benz for this burgeoning segment in India. Clear evidence of the innovative thinking on the part of the designers that has gone into the GLA-Class is provided by a number of distinctive features. The muscular and imposing appearance of the exterior is systematically continued into the interior. This has a particularly high perceived quality that is achieved by the contours, choice and combinations of high-grade materials. All trim surfaces are galvanised in silver-shadow for material authenticity, resulting in a metallic finish with a “cool-touch” effect. The dashboard consists of an upper and lower section, allowing surface structures that are different in look and feel. Matt and glossy graining creates an attractive light effect. The three-dimensional trim section finished in aluminium lends a new, modern touch to the interior.
With the GLA, yet another model series becomes the leader in its segment with respect to aerodynamic efficiency. The good air flow characteristics, which are a major contributory factor to the vehicle’s low fuel consumption in everyday conditions, result from numerous aerodynamic optimization measures. These include a low A-pillar step with suitable A-pillar geometry and aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror housings. The rear end is also streamlined. The measures here include the roof spoiler lip and the aerodynamically shaped tail lights. Rear spoilers at the sides ensure that the airflow breaks off for optimal aerodynamic efficiency.