Always restless.




Tearing from the tarmac to rugged terrain in an instant, the GLA is an expression of classic Mercedes-Benz styling with the heart of an adventurer. One part hot hatch and one part compact SUV, the premium crossover is the perfect vehicle for the city dweller with a love for the great outdoors. It transitions effortlessly from city streets to the world beyond pavements and comes alive on any terrain. 

  • GLA

    GL: The GL indicates this vehicle's off-road stature nature A: This letter refers to the classic Mercedes-Benz hatchback, the A-Class which was launched in 1997.

2013 The GLA unveiled as a concept at the Shanghai Auto Show and later officially introduced as the Mercedes-Benz entry in the luxury compact crossover segment at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The Concept GLA 45 AMG is unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2014 The first GLA (X 156) arrive in showrooms. The GLA 45 AMG is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.
2015 The GLA is released in the South African market.


With its elegant lines, every part of the GLA was designed to evoke emotion and inspire confidence. The aerodynamics has it flying ahead of its competition, and its tasteful, rugged styling put it in its own league. With its high ground clearance and bold, sculpted contours, the GLA is the perfect companion for contemporary living. On the road or off of it, the GLA effortlessly handles it all.

With its classic Mercedes-Benz design, combined with the seductive styling of a luxury compact SUV, the GLA is an instant hit. Its all-new, powerful front boasts a characteristic SUV grille with large air intakes and optional bi-xenon headlamps, finished with sporty power domes on the bonnet. At the back its athletic shoulders emphasise its width, while the rising beltline along the sides complement its off-road prowess.

The GLA’s interior styling is led by its elegant, timeless dash. Designed to offer you the best possible driving experience, its carefully selected materials and impressive workmanship are apparent in every detail. The chic centre console neatly splits the front of the cabin and houses the intuitive COMAND controller (part of COMAND Online option). Comfortably accommodating five passengers, the GLA also features impressive luggage capacity, thanks to split-folding rear seats. 

There’s only one way to describe the GLA’s technology: state of the art. ECO start/stop is standard across the range, as is the large, free-standing central media display, which can be upgraded to an impressive 8” replacement. Optional equipment includes, power tailgate, automatic climate control and Active Park Assist with PARKTRONIC. Driving it is a powerful, efficient turbo-charged engine.

Innovative driver assistance and safety systems on the GLA take the pressure off the driver. Features such as radar that senses impending collisions, as well as optional blind-spot warning system and lane keeping assist all help you on the road. In extreme cases, the system will take semi-autonomous control of the vehicle to protect the driver and passengers.  

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