Mercedes GLA to get AWD

Mercedes-Benz is reported to be gearing up to launch an all-wheel drive (AWD) variant of the GLA SUV in India. It is likely to be called the Mercedes-Benz GLA Activity Edition, and will come with the company's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

Mercedes had launched the GLA in India in September 2014. It is based on the same platform that underpins the A-Class hatch. However, the GLA gets a higher ground clearance, flared wheel arches, and various other SUV-ish design elements. The GLA is currently offered with a choice of two 4-cylinder engines - one petrol one diesel. The 1,991 cc petrol engine develops 181 BHP @ 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque @ 1,200-4,000 rpm, while the 2,143 cc diesel mill generates 134 BHP @ 3,600-4,400 rpm and 300 Nm of torque @ 1,600-3,000 rpm.

For the AWD version, Mercedes is likely to use the same 2.2-litre diesel unit. However, it will be offered in a higher state of tune. Christened as the GLA 220d 4MATIC, the AWD model is expected to develop 170 BHP and 350 Nm of torque. The power will be sent to all four wheels through the 4MATIC AWD system.

Prices of the GLA 4MATIC are expected to be announced later this week.

Source: Car and Bike

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