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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class on sale in Australia from $47,900

Mercedes-Benz has just announced pricing for its all-new GLA-Class. The new nameplate is the three-pointed star’s first model to enter the small SUV segment.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

The GLA-Class is everything the A-Class offers as a hatch, only in SUV guise, adding urban appeal, raised ride height and different styling cues. The funky coupe-inspired design is set to shake up the market, directing rivals like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and upcoming Lexus NX.

Three models will go on sale here in Australia, the first of them being the front-wheel drive GLA 200 CDI, which produces a maximum power output of 100kW and 300Nm from its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. It uses just 4.6L/100km during combined driving, and offers 0-100km/h acceleration in 9.9 seconds.

Sitting in the middle of the range is the all-wheel drive GLA 250 4MATIC, which features a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine producing 155kW and 350Nm. Combined fuel consumption for the 250 is rated at 7.0L/100km. It’s able to cover 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

The model that’s bound to get people talking is the GLA 45 AMG. The new addition joins the recently-launched A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG in using Mercedes’ record-breaking 265kW and 450Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine – the world’s most powerful production 2.0-litre engine.

Coupled with the feisty unit is a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. 0-100km/h comes up in just 4.8 seconds, making it by far the fastest compact SUV on sale in Australia. Fuel economy is rated at 7.5L/100km for the average cycle.

All models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Horst Von Sanden, CEO and managing director at Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific, said,

“Our new GLA-Class reinterprets the compact SUV segment. Continuing the success of our range in the compact class, the GLA broadens our offering to a youthful, more dynamic target market. Its expressive design, practicality and versatility, and superb performance will ensure that the GLA-Class is highly desired in our local market.”

The front-wheel drive GLA 200 CDI model features 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, active parking assist and reversing camera, Becker satellite navigation, as well as an electric tailgate.

Going for the GLA 250 4MATIC adds heated electric front seats with memory, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic electric sunroof, and Intelligent Light System.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC (X156) 2013

The 265kW GLA 45 AMG picks up 20-inch wheels as standard, AMG sports suspension, AMG Night Package, AMG high-performance braking, COMAND navigation and a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system.

Safety features such as collision prevention assist, blind-spot assist, PRE-SAFE accident anticipatory system, Attention Assist and an Active Bonnet are standard across the range. The GLA 45 AMG adds DISTRONIC PLUS as well as lane assist.

All three models will officially go on sale in April.

The following prices exclude on-road costs and dealer delivery charges;

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 CDI – $47,900
Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC – $57,900
Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG – $79,900

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.