The COVID-19 virus couldn’t stop Mercedes-Benz Philippines from launching a new model yet again. The virtual launch is set to happen on September 28, and Mercedes-Benz PH said that we should get ready for its “bolder, sportier, and sexier” SUV.
To backtrack a bit, Mercedes-Benz PH introduced the GLB last August 2020. It’s a seven-seater SUV that’s powered by a 1.3-liter engine that delivers 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As such, what could Mercedes-Benz PH be launching on September 28? Based on the teaser invite and video, it could be the new 2021 Mercedes GLA, a five-seater subcompact crossover SUV.
Mercedes-Benz PH could launch the GLA this month
We think that the Mercedes GLA is the most possible model to be launched by Mercedes-Benz PH since this vehicle will complement and further diversify the local SUV lineup of the brand. Moreover, the teaser video that was used by the company gave us a hint that the GLA could indeed be the “bolder, sportier, and sexier” vehicle that it would launch. Why so? Well, watch the videos posted below, and do some comparison.
Watch the Mercedes-Benz PH teaser video below:
Watch the Mercedes-Benz global video for the GLA below:
Mercedes-Benz GLA (2020): The Design
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA debuted last year before the end of 2019. The GLA was introduced as an entry-level into the brand’s family of SUV models. With that, the GLA is a vehicle that caters to the younger demographic who are on the lookout for a premium subcompact crossover SUV. Initially, the GLA is offered with a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that’s similar to the GLB’s power unit.
The GLA is a sleek and stylish crossover
During the second quarter of 2020, the German automaker started to offer additional engine options for the GLA. It can now be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 221 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and is available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configuration. The GLA can also be powered by a diesel engine that can generate either 148 hp or 187 hp.
The dashboard of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is fitted with a massive screen
Inside, the GLA comes with a premium cabin. The interior of this five-seater subcompact crossover will definitely make you feel that you’re onboard a Mercedes-Benz. It comes with a massive screen that’s integrated with Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) tech, which controls various vehicle settings such as driving modes, seat positions, in-car entertainment, navigation, among others.
Could Mercedes-Benz PH be launching the new GLA this month?
The German brand also said that the GLA has the capability to autonomously brake to avoid a collision or to reduce the impact. Mercedes-Benz claims that the GLA can automatically brake at a speed of about 60 km/h when it detects a stationary vehicle or pedestrians ahead.
So, could Mercedes-Benz PH be launching the new GLA this month? We certainly think so but take this news with a grain of salt.
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