To the surprise of precisely no one, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG concept that debuted at the L.A. auto show in November just made the jump to reality pretty much unchanged. Yes, it’s lost a few of the most conspicuous exterior details—like the racing livery—in the transition, but Affalterbach’s rambunctious turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder is still part of the program.
As expected, the GLA45 gets specially tuned springs and dampers, as well as bigger stabilizer bars. An AMG performance suspension with even firmer springs and dampers is optional.
It turns out that not all of the excessive aero add-ons of the concept have been jettisoned: The big rear spoiler and the front fascia’s canards can be reintroduced by optioning for the Aerodynamics package. Even racier looks can be obtained via the optional Exterior Carbon-Fiber package’s exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler, splitter, doorsills, and rear-fascia trim. Class can be added to the high-po GLA via the Night package, which adds a black waistline trim strip; a chrome finish to the grille’s twin blades; a high-gloss finish for the splitter, mirror housings, doorsills, and rear fascia; and black-finished quad exhaust outlets.
Thanks to: Car and Driver