Alongside the regular powertrains of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA, the automaker also debuts the GLA 35 entry-level AMG model today.
Going by the full name of Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC, this performance model is the seventh member of the automaker’s compact family to wear the ’35’ designation, following the A-Class hatch, A-Class sedan, A-Class L sedan for China, CLA Coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLB SUV.
As with these models, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 306 PS (302 HP) at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 – 4,000 rpm.
The engine is hooked to an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode that sends power to all four wheels via the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive.
Thanks to this setup and the Race-Start launch control function that also comes standard, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35’s superior performance compared to non-AMG models is reflected in its design too, as the model features unique styling tweaks that differentiate it from lesser versions. Those include the AMG-specific ‘Panamericana’ radiator grille, front splitter in silver chrome (optionally in high-gloss black), the trim of the louvers in the outer air inlets, and the exclusive 19-inch wheels.
The rims feature a five-twin-spoke design and are painted in tantalum grey with a high-sheen finish. Needless to say, they are available in larger 20- and 21-inch sizes as well. The GLA 35 also features silver chrome inserts (available also in high-gloss black) on the door handles, a new diffuser insert in the rear apron, AMG spoiler lip on the roof, and two round tailpipes.