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By Bennett  Oghifo

Weststar Associates, the sole authorised representative of Mecedes-Benz in Nigeria has said it now has the much anticipated Mercedes-Benz GLA physically on ground and ready for immediate delivery. The new GLA falls under the new generation compact cars (NGCC).

The Mercedes-Benz GLA looks sleeker than its rivals, comes loaded with safety kit and promises lower running costs. “The GLA puts you at your ease, it is indeed a true ray of sunshine in your life, making it A perfect fit for today, for tomorrow, and for you.”

The available option at Weststar Associates is the GLA 180. Nevertheless, genuine parts and excellent vehicle servicing are offered at our fully equipped workshops, the company said.

It is a premium sports utility vehicle from Mercedes-Benz and its progressive, sporty character and agile handling differentiate it significantly from the competition, said Weststar. They said, “The expressive design and the high everyday practicality as well as comfort and safety features to the high Mercedes-Benz standards are strong points setting it apart from the competition.”

The Managing Director of Weststar, Mirko Plath said “GLA is serene in day-to-day motoring and has good off‑road capability – interpreting the SUV segment in convincing style; and of course compact size cannot shrink the shine of the ‘Three-Pointed Star’ as the bold GLA fuses authentic SUV versatility with the pure passion that defines every Mercedes-Benz.

“Its nimble size delivers an ideal mix of flexibility, fuel-efficiency and fun. Its advanced engineering delivers genuine capability, true luxury and class-leading innovation.  The GLA is indeed a Sport Utility Vehicle with cutting edge drive systems and dynamic design, based on the A-class hatchback, lovers can now enjoy even more comfort both with the standard suspension, and the slightly firmer setup that’s fitted to AMG Line versions.”

The GLA has an interior with sporty character with meticulously finished high quality materials. It is pleasure for all senses and distraction for none of them as its freestanding color screen and intuitive central controller put a world of entertainment and information within reach. A larger 7-inch display and Bluetooth® audio streaming are standard. Innovative multimedia options for navigation, music and online features, including an even bigger 8-inch screen, make going anywhere easier and more fun.

The available GLA 180 features a four cylinder engine with a 1.6 litre engine, delivering 80kW and 260Nm of torque and is equipped with 7G-DCT. The GLA 45 AMG still holds the pole position in relations to driving dynamics: it accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250km/h. We sum up this approach in one word: BlueEFFICIENCY, which means with the GLA you are only burning fuel when necessary. In addition, every GLA is fitted standard with ECO start/stop function which temporarily shuts down the engine when the vehicle is motionless.

The GLA Turbo power is a boost for torque, and efficiency as the “power domes” in the GLA hood are a Mercedes-Benz tradition. So is the progressive power beneath- a 122hp – 360hp turbo inline-4 teams 3rd-generation Direct Injection with advanced rapid-multispark ignition. ECO Start/Stop automatically shuts off the engine at red lights to save fuel, and then restarts the instant you’re ready to move out.

“The GLA boasts generosity with space, style and substance, from its winglike dash to its power liftgate and the power driver seat adjusts in14 ways. The split rear seats make way for 43.6 cubic feet of cargo.

Truth is, the more you get into the GLA, and the more you’ll get out of it, as the Mercedes-Benz cabin is where the most rigid standards are the most rewarding to touch.”

From the road to the roof, the GLA shines on every surface as it is made to carve up the corners, not to cut them. So it comes standard with beefy 18-inch wheels and an agile 4-wheel independent suspension engineered to shine on any surface and for even more sparkle, there are standard chrome roof rails, as well as a choice of 19-inch wheel options and accessory racks and carriers for the roof.