GLA is the smallest model in the crossover lineup by the German carmaker. Still, a lot of buyers opt to buy the subcompact vehicle thanks to its agility and fuel economy. It might not be the best option for long trips, but for everyday commuting, there is no too many better options. Well, you can save some cash if you opt for a non-luxury vehicle, but you lose every advanced option the 2024 Mercedes GLA is going to offer.
Ahead of us is the redesign of the mini crossover. Designers will revisit the GLA for the 2024 season. However, at this point, we don’t have too many details about the facelift. One thing is certain – the EQA joins the lineup as the subcompact electric crossover. It comes with a unique platform and EV drivetrain. The 2024 Mercedes GLA sticks to a lineup of three different setups, all centered around a 2.0-liter engine. Even two AMG packages are options for the mini SUV.
Pros and Cons
The 2024 Mercedes GLA is going to be a small and agile vehicle, perfect for crowded areas and tight parking lots. As a crossover, it still offers more space than subcompact cars. A powertrain lineup is wide and you can get 220-380 horsepower from the engines. Top of the class versions are wearing the AMG badge, as the most luxurious packages, Mercedes can offer. Acceleration is great – the crossover can hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with the AMG 45 configuration. We don’t need to talk about the luxurious options the company uses for its vehicles. The three-point star is a synonym for the premium offer.
On the other hand, the bad thing about the GLA model is the price. The base MSRP is at the level of some three-row SUVs. Plus, many safety features are optional. A heavily-loaded AMG model costs nearly $60,000. For other things, we can complain about the noise in the cabin. Since this is a luxury vehicle, buyers won’t expect that. Of course, the main disadvantages of such a small SUV are legroom, headroom, and cargo space. But, if you take a model from this class, you know the room is not generous. The GLB is slightly better in this segment.
2024 Mercedes GLA Specs
Under the hood of the 2024 Mercedes GLA will still be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger. In this form, the powertrain can deliver 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is above the class average. The engine is using an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to send power to front wheels. The GLA is one of the rare Mercedes vehicles that doesn’t use the 4Matic AWD as the standard feature. Still, you can get the four-wheel drive as an optional upgrade. The gas mileage is pretty impressive, having in mind the high outputs of the engine. The crossover returns 35 mpg on highway and 25 mpg in the city. All-wheel drive doesn’t harm the mileage too much.
2024 Mercedes GLA AMG Models
If you want to spice things up, the AMG package is the best choice for your Mercedes. The GLA subcompact crossover offers two versions. The centerpiece for both of them is a 2.0-liter engine. For the GLA 35 configuration, it is tuned to deliver 302 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. Other upgrades are the set of 19-inch wheels, sports steering wheels, shift paddles, and a larger driver’s display.
The 2024 Mercedes GLA AMG 45 squeezes even more power from a four-cylinder unit. It can do 382 hp and sprint 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The gas mileage drops to 23 mpg combined.
Optional upgrades for the standard GLA model are the AMG Line package, Exterior Lighting group, Premium bundle, or features from the Multimedia set. The company will also enhance the Driver Assistance package.
All-Electric EQA: Release Date and Range
According to sources from Mercedes, the all-electric EQA is almost ready for a debut. It is going to be based on the 2024 Mercedes GLA, but with elements of the EQ platform. More crossovers and SUVs are going to be fully electrified, but the smallest vehicle is about to debut first. It might happen even by the end of 2022. But, the German carmaker is not going to rush.
From what we know so far, the EV is going to offer a few configurations. The base model will use a 2WD and crack 180 hp. An AWD deploys another electric motor and increases the power output. The pricing estimations are not great. Experts think the entry-level EQA is not going to cost under $55,000. On the other hand, the performance is not jaw-dropping. The base version, the one that costs a fortune, will need 9 seconds for the 0-60 mph run. The max speed is going to be limited to 99 mph and the range won’t be over 200 miles. Upgraded versions will do 250 miles per charge.