2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is German for 'More Power'

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
Compact SUV with Driving Performance
Mercedes-AMG rigorously continues its product initiative: with the new
GLA45 AMG the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz makes a dynamic
statement in the strongly growing segment of compact SUVs. The
combination of powerful-distinctive design, exclusive appointments as
well as superior engine power and driving performance is unique: the
most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world puts
355 hp of power and 332 lb-ft of torque on the road.
The GLA45 AMG also holds pole position with regard to driving
dynamics: it accelerates from zero to 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and
reaches a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Thanks to the
combination of standard performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel
DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the GLA45 AMG impresses with its
equally sporty and efficient drive system concept.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board at Mercedes-AMG GmbH:
"The response to the Concept GLA45 AMG during the world premiere
at the Los Angeles International Auto Show has reaffirmed our decision
to launch this new AMG model. Currently no segment is growing faster
than that of compact SUVs. For Mercedes-AMG it is therefore logical to
make a dynamic statement in this segment with the GLA45 AMG. Our new
high-performance-SUV not only offers the world's most powerful
series-production four-cylinder engine, but also impressively low fuel
consumption and emissions figures. Not least on account of the
performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive, the GLA45 AMG is a
true AMG when it comes to driving dynamics."
Young target group: styling, dynamics and independence
In addition to the CLA45 AMG, the GLA45 AMG is the second vehicle with
a four-cylinder turbo engine to appeal to a young target group.
Customers take a great interest in styling, dynamics and independence
? traits that are perfectly embodied in the new high-performance SUV
from Affalterbach. Meeting a wide variety of customer desires has
always been one of the strengths of Mercedes-AMG. The GLA45 AMG now
expands the extensive high-performance SUV lineup to four models in
the U.S. (GLA45 AMG, ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, and G63 AMG). Mercedes-AMG
thus offers the widest range of SUVs among all high-performance
premium brands.
Hallmark AMG features: the world's most powerful series-produced
four-cylinder engine
Best in class: the GLA45 AMG engine fully lives up to this claim, as a
look at the figures shows. The AMG 2.0-liter turbo engine is the most
powerful series production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. It
produces 355 hp of power and develops a peak torque of 332 lb-ft. A
power output of 178 hp puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on a
par with the world's most powerful super sports cars.
Development of the high-performance turbo engine placed emphasis on a
sustainable reduction in particulate emissions. The AMG 2.0-liter
four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol
injection with piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four
combustion chambers and an injection pressure of 200 bar. The
combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition
improves fuel economy and significantly increases the thermodynamic
efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The injection system's
outstanding flexibility also ensures a high degree of freedom in terms
of application. There are up to five injections per combustion cycle
in the coldstart and warm-up phase, which is so crucial for emissions.
One of the key factors for in-engine particulate reduction is a
reduction of the individual injection quantities.
Further highlights of the AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine:
- Gravity-die sand-cast all-aluminum crankcase
- Weight-optimized crank mechanism with forged steel crankshaft
- Forged pistons with friction-optimized piston rings
- NANOSLIDE cylinder liner technology
- Air-to-water intercooling system
- Alternator management
- ECO start/stop function
Twin-scroll turbocharger and AMG sports exhaust system with variable
Mercedes-AMG addresses the basic challenge with regard to the throttle
response of a small-capacity turbo engine by using a twin-scroll
turbocharger, maximum de-throttling of the exhaust system and an
innovative injection strategy. Twin-scroll technology provides a more
spontaneous build-up of charge pressure: utilization of the exhaust
back-pressure, exhaust-gas temperature and exhaust-gas pulse has a
positive impact. This results in a faster build-up of torque even at
low engine speeds. A positive side-effect: fuel consumption and
exhaust emissions also benefit from twin-scroll technology. With a
maximum charge pressure of 26psi, the AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder
turbo engine leads the field on this front, too.
The AMG sports exhaust system in the GLA45 AMG features large pipe
cross-sections and an automatically controlled viarable vane: this
technology reconciles the two conflicting goals of a dynamic driving
experience and hallmark Mercedes suitability for long-distance
driving. The vane in the rear muffler is continuously adjusted under
map control according to the driver's performance needs, load
condition and engine speed. The two rectangular chrome-plated twin
tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system emit a fascinating exhaust
note, which is particularly impressive during powerful acceleration.
An AMG Performance exhaust system, also equipped with an exhaust vane,
is available as an optional extra. Customers opting for this system
will experience an even more appealing and distinctive engine sound.
Engine production ? a tradition of hand-built excellence
The AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled purely by
hand in accordance with the traditional AMG philosophy of "one
man, one engine".
Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative
production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine fitter's
signature also attests the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's
high-performance brand.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission in the GLA45 AMG
features three distinct transmission modes, a double-declutching
function dependent on the transmission mode and a RACE START function
for optimum acceleration. The strengths of the dual-clutch
transmission include spontaneous gear shifts without loss of tractive
power, a tailor-made control strategy based on the AMG SPEEDSHIFT
functions, extremely smooth gear shifts, and a high level of
The shift times in manual mode "M" and in sport mode
"S" are similarly sporty in character to those of the SLS
AMG GT super sports car. Quick and precise retardation of the ignition
and suppressing injection under full load lead to even faster gear
shifts in "M" and "S" modes, with a more exciting
sound. The transmission control fully utilizes the benefits of direct
injection technology right up to the physical limits: the quicker
engine response ensures that injection is suppressed with even more
precision. The effect: the shift speed and an emotional sound
experience make for a fascinating ride. Another special feature
designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving pleasure is the
so-called "Momentary M mode" ? as seen in the SLS AMG Coupé
Black Series super sports car.
In "C" mode (Controlled Efficiency), smooth transmission and
engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented
driving style.
In addition, the ECO start/stop function is active in "C"
Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive as standard
The GLA45 AMG comes with variable AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive as
standard. In developing this four wheel-drive system, the focus was
firmly on performance and dynamic spirit. The all-wheel-drive system
transfers the engine power to the road optimally and provides perfect
traction ? regardless of the weather conditions. It also elevates
driving dynamics to the highest level.
The entire drive system boasts a weight-saving and compact design: the
power take-off unit (PTU) is fully integrated into the 7-speed sports
transmission and handles the power transfer to the rear drivetrain. A
two-part propeller shaft sends the power of the engine to the rear
axle as well. In the interests of favorable weight distribution, an
electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disc clutch is integral with
the rear-axle differential. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses
the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels
as necessary. All this goes unnoticed by the driver. Power
distribution is fully variable: during normal driving the GLA45 AMG
uses frontwheel drive for optimal efficiency. Where needed, the
variable four-wheel-drive system splits the torque between the front
and rear axles at a ratio of up to 50:50 percent.
Typically for AMG, the Electronic Stability Program is configured as a
three-stage ESP®. The GLA45 AMG comes with three transmission modes:
"ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP
OFF" ? enabling the driver to vary dynamic performance according
to individual requirements at the push of a button.
ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist is likewise included as standard. During
dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking interventions on the rear
inside wheel create a defined yaw moment about the vertical axis. The
effect: the GLA45 AMG turns in precisely and controllably at all times
while unwelcome understeer is prevented.
AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system
One of the keys to agile handling is axle technology: for enhanced
driving dynamics, the McPherson front axle on the GLA45 AMG is fitted
with stiffer steering knuckles and new elastokinematics. The four-link
rear axle has also been newly developed. Stability and precision of
handling are enhanced by the optimized elastokinematics and the rigid
connection between the subframe and the body. The AMG sports
suspension with specially tuned spring/damper units and bigger
anti-roll bars ensures high lateral acceleration and reduced body roll
when driving fast on winding roads. An AMG performance suspension with
firmer spring and damper tuning is available as an optional extra.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with specific, speed-dependent
power assist ensures high steering precision and agility. The AMG
high-performance braking system with vented, perforated brake discs
all-round and gray-painted brake calipers delivers spontaneous and
reliable deceleration. Red brake calipers are available as an optional
Three attractive AMG alloy wheels to choose from
In standard specification the GLA45 AMG runs on 5-twin-spoke AMG alloy
wheels painted titanium gray with high-sheen finish, mounted with
tires of size 235/45 R 19. As an optional extra from the AMG
Performance Studio, customers can opt for larger 10-spoke AMG alloy
wheels with tires of size 235/40 R 20 ? these are available painted
titanium gray with high-sheen finish or painted matte black with
high-sheen rim flange.
Powerful and distinctive: sensual clarity with AMG character
The design of the GLA45 AMG exudes fascination on account of its
powerful and distinctive character. As the powerful AMG
top-of-the-line model of the GLA class, the high-performance SUV
combines the hallmark sensual clarity of Mercedes-Benz as an
expression of modern luxury with muscular elements exclusive to AMG.
The AMG front fascia with front splitter and the AMG "twin
blade" radiator grille provide athletic highlights ? both are
painted matte titanium gray. Completely new: the distinctive AMG
lettering at the side between the louvers of the radiator grille. This
will make all new AMG models easy to recognize in the future. Black
flics (air deflector elements) above the large cooling air intakes at
the sides pay homage to motor sport. Bi-xenon headlights come as
When viewed from the side, the distinctive AMG alloy wheels in three
design options certainly catch the eye. The side sill panels with
matte titanium gray inserts, the "TURBO AMG" lettering on
the front fenders and the aluminum roof rails lend the GLA45 AMG a
special touch. The rear end is dominated by the diffuser insert with
titanium gray trim and the rectangular, chrome-plated trim of the twin
tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap.
The following AMG equipment features can optionally upgrade the
exterior design:
- Aerodynamics package: larger front splitter, additional flics on the
front fascia, rear spoiler, Night package
- Carbon-fiber exterior mirror housings
- Exterior Carbon-Fiber package: carbon-fiber front splitter, side
sill panel insert and rear fascia trim, with twin blade of the
radiator grille in silver chrome
- Rear spoiler
- Night package: black anodized waistline trim strip, silver chrome
radiator grille louvers; high-gloss black front splitter, exterior
mirrors, side sill panel insert and rear fascia trim, two tailpipes
with black rectangular trim
- Red painted brake calipers with black AMG lettering Interior design:
high-quality, sporty, exclusive
As in all AMG high-performance automobiles, the interior of the GLA45
AMG delights with its high-quality appeal combined with sporty flair
and exclusive equipment features. These include sports seats
upholstered with MB-Tex manmade leather/DINAMICA microfiber with red
contrasting topstitching and red designo safety belts as well as the
AMG DRIVE UNIT. The 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports
steering wheel with red contrasting topstitching, perforated leather
in the grip area and steering-wheel shift paddles ensures perfect
vehicle control. The AMG instrument cluster with 2-tube design and
central color display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER is on hand to keep
the driver up to date. On opening the door, the driver is greeted by
the AMG startup screen. The trim of the instrument panel is made from
brushed aluminum and, in tandem with the brushed stainless-steel AMG
front door sills, emphasizes the high-grade, exclusive ambiance inside
the GLA45 AMG.
The interior can be upgraded with the following AMG optional extras:
- Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/Alcantara®
- Performance seats upholstered in leather or MB-Tex man-made
leather/DINAMICA microfiber for driver and front passenger, with more
strongly contoured seat shape for enhanced lateral support and with
integral head restraints, red designo safety belts
- Carbon-fiber trim
- Leather upholstry in black, crystal gray, nut brown or black 'Red
Cut' design
Expressive and exclusive: the GLA45 AMG "Edition 1"
The GLA45 AMG "Edition 1" is a special option. The
expressive arrangement of exclusive exterior and interior details
arouses pure fascination. The high-gloss black Aerodynamics package
with larger front splitter, additional flics in the front fascia, and
rear airfoil creates an uncompromising racetrack feel. The silver
gray/red AMG racing stripes on the vehicle sides below the
"dropping line" leave a lasting impression. These are
complemented by red highlights on radiator grille, exterior mirrors,
diffuser insert and rear airfoil. A perfect match to these are the red
painted brake calipers and multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels painted matte
black with red rim flanges. The alloy wheels feature special
AMG wheel hub covers with central-lock look, and are mounted with
tires of size 235/40 R 20 all-round. The AMG Night package is also
part of the standard equipment, as is the "Edition 1" badge
on the front fender. The metallic paints cosmos black, polar silver
and mountain gray are available as an alternative to the cirrus white
exterior paintwork.
The interior of the GLA45 AMG "Edition 1" is dominated by
the colors black and red. Red contrasting topstitching adorns the AMG
Performance seats upholstered in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA
microfiber, the door center panels, the upper section of the MB-Tex
man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber instrument panel and the nappa
leather/DINAMICA microfiber AMG Performance steering wheel. Other
visual highlights are the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem and
the "Edition 1" badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The exclusive
trim on the instrument panel perfectly matches the
AMG racing stripes on the sides of the vehicle. The high-quality
surface has a convincing look and feel: shiny and matte elements
create an exciting interplay.

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