Mercedes has done it. Created a tough, tight small SUV crossover laden with superior car tech, all encased in a muscular exterior. Indeed, the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 is this vehicle. So powerful is this little road champ, that you could take it out for a trip to the grocers one day and on a camping excursion the next. In fact, there’s no reason you couldn’t take it out to a track to push it to it’s speed limit. Switch up the performance tires, and perhaps a little off-roading can be had. Features include MacPherson struts, an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, along with some crack driving software all help to make this one of the best auto purchases in its class for 2021. No question about it, the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 is one of the best production SUV’s on the market today.
1. Fantastic, User-Friendly Tech Updates
If there’s one thing that can be definitely said about the new 2021 Mercedes AMG GL45, is the careful development and design of its software components. First up its MBUX Infotainment system has been updated with Voice Control multi media technology via the addition of AI. Graphics are in a stunning 3D format, and the voice control is at your command with the words, “Hey Mercedes”. You also get smartphone integration, a large 10.25 inch Digital Instrument Cluster with full color touchscreen display. There’s also a New-Gen touchpad located in the center console.
2. The “AMG” in Mercedes-AMG GLA45
If you’re car shopping, you may have noticed that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is a “AMG’ and not a “Benz”, so what’s up with that? Newbies might not be familiar with “AMG”, and may wonder if it’s the same brand. The 2021 mercedes-AMG GLA45 does indeed belong to the time-honored Mercedes family, it’s just that each AMG is a Benz driven to its ultimate performance. The engines of the AMG models offer higher performance levels than their Benz siblings. So, the 2021 GLA class fell into the hands of Mercedes AMG team of engineers, there emerged a more powerful SUV with a more aerodynamic design, sleek hatch, high seated and fast power beast.
3. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45, the Benz GLA250 More Powerful Sibling
Thinking of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250? Consider the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 Instead So, you’re shopping around for a smallish SUV crossover, just looking for a dependable and reliable car for commutes, hauling groceries, something to handle the basic needs of living. The Mercedes-Benz GLA250 looks good, but what if you want more power? Enter the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45. Compared to the Benz GLA250’s 221 horse powered engine, the AMG GLA45’s 382 horse power, M139 engine steals the show. Both are siblings of sorts, but with the AMG GLA45, you’re now open to experience a more aggressive, powerful driving style.
4. Options May Make All the Difference
While the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 is pretty much a beast in its own right, be aware that Mercedes has offered some options which may even increase the power and drive of their little, star crossover. For instance, there’s the AMG Dynamic Plus Package. Go to any AMG forum, and you’ll find owners of the AMG GLA45 raining praise on the purchase of the Dynamic Plus Package, as it provides 6 Dynamic Select driving modes: Slippery, comfort, sport, individual, sport plus and race. This package also provides you with an upgrade for the braking system with 6 piston front calipers for the front.
5. Brand New Engine: 0 to 60 in 4.3 Seconds
As we’ve previously stated, if you want a powerful, small crossover, the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 is it. Period. But don’t take our word for it, as the GLA45 has a brand new, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine, which makes it one of the most powerful 4 cylinder autos sold in America. The M139 engine carries with it 382 power hungry horses, 354 pound feet of torque, a 2-stage fuel injection system, and this is what makes the GLA45’s M139 engine the most powerful 4-cylinder available for consumers, able to hit a max of 155 mph.
6. “One Man, One Engine” Philosophy
The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 follows the “One Man, One Engine” philosophy of engine build. For those not in the know, this philosophy simply means that each AMG GLA45 engine has been assembled at the Affaiterbach plant, by just one person. That’s right, no assembly line production here, when you purchase your AMG GLA45, the engine you get is totally unique, as it’s been touched by only one technician. This way, Mercedes has complete control when it comes to crafting some of the best engines in the world. Not only that, but your AMG GLA45’s engine will come complete with a motor tag which comes with the hand signature of the builder. Indeed, according to Michael Kübler, he’s built quite a few engines, “I reckon I’ve built over 4,000 engines”.
7. AMG Torque Control Guarantees Superb Traction
The 2021 Mercedes GLA45 comes with AMG’s famous Torque Control Technology, which is designed to provide you with superior grip on the roads. You’ll find that the GLA45’s All Wheel Drive system and its Torque Control Technology work hand in hand to distribute power evenly between both the front and rear wheels, and also the rear only. This is partly due to the Torque Control system’s placement in the rear axle, and its two multi-disc clutches.
8. Six Driving Modes are Available for the GLA45
This is not your grandfathers Mercedes, that’s for sure, as you get to select from 6 driving modes designed to enhance your driving experience. The 6 modes are: Basic, Advanced, Comfort, Pro, Master, and Sport All Wheel Drive. These driving modes allow you to control everything from the gas pedal feed back, suspension, torque distribution, and steering among others. For you speedsters out there who may want to take your GLA45 to the track, there’s also a Track Pace program
9. The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 Comes in Two Trim Levels
During your searches you will undoubtedly find two versions of the GLA45. The first version, is the one we’re currently speaking of, the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45. The other is the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 S. Both of these are compact SUV’s that house the M139 engine, among other similarities. However, the GLA45 is made for U.S. consumers only, while the GLA45 S is slated for release in the European Market. Not only that, but the GLA45 S’s engine is M139 and rated at 415 horsepower.
10. The Track Pace Program
There’s no doubt about it, the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 is filled to the brim with fun and useful software treats, but here is one you might not know much about: The Track Pace Program. For you speedsters out there who may want to take your GLA45 to the track, there’s also a Track Pace program. This is a rather exciting addition for those who wish to test the mettle of their GLA45 on the track. Here, the software serves to guide you when it comes to making your best lap times. Basically, it keeps track of your performance on race tracks, takes the data, and then instructs you on just how to make those lap times shine a bit brighter.