Mercedes-Benz made waves earlier this year with its low-cost CLA-Class, but the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class crossover may actually be more important given the state of the hot compact luxury crossover segment right now. The GLA, which is based on the same platform as the CLA, goes on sale later this fall and will cost $32,225 for the base GLA250 model, and $49,225 with destination for the high-performance GLA45 AMG model.
Both of these prices are remarkably close to their CLA sedan equivalents—$1400 extra for the GLA250 and only $850 more for the GLA45 AMG—which is surprising considering the GLA’s extra space and practicality. The base price is for the front-wheel-drive GLA250 model, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive GLA250 4Matic model, which will be the first version to go on sale in the U.S., costs $34,225 with destination.
Standard features for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class include a power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a central Comand infotainment controller with a 7-inch display screen, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power liftgate, and safety features including Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist. Like the CLA, the options list for the GLA250 model is long, as many luxury features are optional and can drive the price up quickly.
A $2300 Premium Package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, satellite radio, and an iPod media interface; the $2200 Sport Package adds some body styling tweaks, 19-inch AMG wheels, and perforated front brakes; a $2500 Driver Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise, blind spot warning, and lane keep assist functions; a $1700 interior package adds leather sport seats, different dash trim, and and a window open/close function for the remote; and lastly, a $2480 Multimedia Package adds a backup camera, voice control, navigation, and a 10GB music hard drive. Stand-alone options include a $1480 panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights and LED taillights for $850, an $850 Harman-Kardon sound system, and a $450 backup camera.
The $49,225 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG model is powered by the same 355-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the CLA45 AMG, and comes standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive. Things like a sport suspension, sport exhaust, and high-performance brakes are standard as well, but the GLA45 AMG doesn’t include many more standard features than the GLA250. Things like a backup camera, leather, automatic climate control, and heated seats are still optional, meaning that a fully optioned GLA45 AMG will cost well over $60,000.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class goes on sale this fall in GLA250 4Matic and GLA45 AMG versions, with the front-wheel-drive GLA250 to follow within the next few months. Head over to Mercedes-Benz’s configurator tool to build out a GLA for yourself.