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The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG has been revealed, combining a sub-5sec 0-100km/h with fuel consumption of below 7.5 litres per 100km.

Set to make its world premiere at next week’s Detroit auto show, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG expands the German car maker’s Affalterbach-based tuning division’s SUV line-up to five models, alongside the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, G63 AMG and G65 AMG.

Powered by the same EU 6-compliant turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine found in the CLA45 AMG sedan and A45 AMG hatch, the GLA45 AMG delivers 265kW at 6000rpm and 450Nm between 2250-5000rpm.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

Aided by engine stop-start as standard, the all-wheel-drive compact SUV claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.4L/100km (based on the New European Driving Cycle) and CO2 emissions of 175 grams per kilometre.

Partnered to a three-mode seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (offering Controlled Efficiency, Manual, and Sport modes), the GLA45 AMG has a claimed 0-100km/h of 4.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. A ‘Race Start’ gearbox setting is also available for what Mercedes calls “optimum acceleration”, taking full advantage of the variable all-wheel-drive system’s maximum 50:50 front and rear axle torque split.

Allowing for a balance of entertainment and safety, a three-stage stability program (On, Sport and Off) is joined by Curve Dynamic Assist as standard, aimed at improving turn-in and preventing understeer during “dynamic cornering”.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

Sitting on stiffer specially tuned AMG sports suspension, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG gains bigger anti-roll bars and AMG high-performance brakes comprising ventilated and cross-drilled discs and grey-painted brake calipers. Red calipers are optional with either housed inside standard 19-inch titanium grey AMG light-alloy wheels or optional grey or matt black 20-inch items.

Distinguishing the GLA45 AMG from its lesser-specced siblings are AMG front and rear bumpers, and a front splitter, ‘twin blade’ radiator grille, side skirts, and rear diffuser finished in matt titanium grey. Black front intake air deflectors, “Turbo AMG” badging, aluminium roof rails and a quad-exit chrome-tipped AMG sports exhaust system complete the sporting look.

Inside, red-highlighted Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre sports seats are joined by red seat belts and a red-stitched three-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles. A brushed aluminium-trimmed AMG instrument cluster, a Racetimer and brushed stainless-steel AMG sill plates also feature.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

For individual personalisation, a range of optional AMG add-ons are available including a performance exhaust, firmer performance suspension and a rear spoiler, as well as carbonfibre exterior mirror caps, a front splitter, side skirts and rear apron trim.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is anticipated to arrive locally in the fourth quarter of 2014 – following the second-quarter local launch of the standard GLA200, GLA250 and GLA200 CDI models – with prices tipped to mirror the CLA45 AMG’s sub-$90k price tag.

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  • Paradox

    Love the car, but it still looks like a hatchback, rather than a baby SUV.

    • Kampfer

      I think it’s a good thing. IMO it’s the best looking one out of the 3 A class based Benz.

      • Darryl

        How much taller is it than the A class? In isolation you can’t really tell. Surely it’s just going to steal sales from that. They might call it an SUV, but it sure doesn’t look like a Rav4/CX5 competitor. Agreed, it looks good now, but can’t help thinking it will age quickly in 5 or 6 years time.

  • Whynot

    I’ve driven the A45 and it was an absolute blast. Fast and capable both at speed and around town. However ultimately didn’t go down that path as the packaging was just too tight for me right now. If the GLA offers more interior and luggage space I will definltly be after one ASAP.

  • 3D4

    I wish they bring GLK.. That is a nice small SUV.. This is more like Subaru XV hatchback on stills


    I think this looks way better than the A45

    • bob

      Completely agree. This looks much better.

  • Golfmother

    benz and the germans again show the pretenders just how far off they are . love those rims and elegant lines . this is what real class is .

    • Brett

      You’re back Golfmother! Long time no see!

  • amac

    My wife has one on order

  • Loki556

    Love it? How much is it going to go for?

  • prumm

    Wow way to steal Audi’s thunder after their RSQ3 launch! And to massively outclass them…

  • Autoholic

    Is there really a market for this type of car?

  • Josh K

    2015 after the next gen c-class on which it’s based. Current GLK isn’t RHD compatible due to the AWD system.