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5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

The problem with the X-class is Mercedes owners aren’t going to buy a truck made by Nissan and Nissan owners aren’t going to pay Mercedes pricing.

REALITY, Mercedes is not all things to everyone. People who want trucks want it from a real truck company, not a Luxury car company, attempting to be a Chevrolet of all things with a model for every nook and cranny. 

Double Reality is that MB is going to have to stop wasting money on pie in the sky have something for everyone and get back to what they made money on, a focused luxury / performance line.

Toyota / Chevrolet buyers buy Toyota / Chevrolet or equal. The Badge snobs who bought the few A, B & C auto's are turning them back in off lease in record numbers and going elsewhere as only 36% are retained. This dumps allot of luxury level Auto's on the used car market and yet there are only so much a down market can absorb. 

Welcome to the 21st century.

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8 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Good lord, I hope the the crossover coupes get the axe. I have such an irrational hatred for those things. 

Agreed. They are the most useless class of vehicles out there not named "Smart".

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4 hours ago, dfelt said:

REALITY, Mercedes is not all things to everyone. People who want trucks want it from a real truck company, not a Luxury car company, attempting to be a Chevrolet of all things with a model for every nook and cranny. 

Double Reality is that MB is going to have to stop wasting money on pie in the sky have something for everyone and get back to what they made money on, a focused luxury / performance line.

Toyota / Chevrolet buyers buy Toyota / Chevrolet or equal. The Badge snobs who bought the few A, B & C auto's are turning them back in off lease in record numbers and going elsewhere as only 36% are retained. This dumps allot of luxury level Auto's on the used car market and yet there are only so much a down market can absorb. 

Welcome to the 21st century.

Daimler is the largest truck maker in the world.  That is the most “real” truck company there is.

4 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

Agreed. They are the most useless class of vehicles out there not named "Smart".

Useless but people pay a premium for them.  4 door coupes are useless too but every keeps making them.

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9 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Daimler is the largest truck maker in the world.  That is the most “real” truck company there is.

Useless but people pay a premium for them.  4 door coupes are useless too but every keeps making them.

:facepalm::glare: Ya know we are talking consumer trucks, NOT Class 8 Commercial Trucks that the public DOES NOT buy or Drive!

So let's stop the goal post movement and stay with the program of Consumer retail trucks, again NOT COMMERCIAL TRUCK SALES!

People HAVE NOT paid a premium for a Luxury pickup truck unless it is from FORD, GENERAL MOTORS or RAM!

And NO we are not talking about the rare 6x6 G-Wagon Pickup truck that was one made of only.

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34 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Daimler is the largest truck maker in the world.  That is the most “real” truck company there is.

Useless but people pay a premium for them.  4 door coupes are useless too but every keeps making them.

Maybe you missed the part where I cared. The sales of most of them are dismal and they are utterly useless as CUVs. 

 

As as far as your truck maker remark, LMAO! We are not talking about box trucks, cab overs, etc.We are talking about PICK UPS and despite their moniker of being the largest truck maker in the world, Daimler can’t find a market for their dressed up Nissan, hence them dumping it. I mean, you said if Benz wanted to, they could yet they don’t because they can’t. 

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Ford, Chevy Ram have sold trucks because no one really put a competitive entrant in there.  If Toyota went all in on the Tundra and made it superior to the domestic trucks they would start to take market share, just the way the Camry shut down the domestic sedan market.   The Camry did that because it was good, the Tundra is not competitive, thus hasn't.

And if Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Tesla or whoever wanted to go into a luxury pick up market they would steal some sales.  Problem is what % of F150's are that top trim vs the 100,000s of work truck trims sold?  When you have a huge quantity to suck up most of the engineering, it is easy to do a top trim level and sell a few of them.  Just like BMW can do an M5 because 528i's exist.  

It isn't that Daimler with all their truck knowledge couldn't build the best pick up out there, but how much volume would they get on a Mercedes truck that was $70,000 base?  If Ford made the F150 start at $70,000 then sales would drop from 700,000 a year to about 25,000 a year, and there would be no business case for it.

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8 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Ford, Chevy Ram have sold trucks because no one really put a competitive entrant in there.

Those are the competition : Ford <> Chevy <> GMC <> Dodge. They compete, and hard, against EACH OTHER.

nissan / toyoyo are after-thoughts, market-wise.

If Ford made the F150 start at $70,000 then sales would drop from 700,000 a year


2018 F-Series was 909,330.

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11 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Ford, Chevy Ram have sold trucks because no one really put a competitive entrant in there.  If Toyota went all in on the Tundra and made it superior to the domestic trucks they would start to take market share, just the way the Camry shut down the domestic sedan market.   The Camry did that because it was good, the Tundra is not competitive, thus hasn't.

And if Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Tesla or whoever wanted to go into a luxury pick up market they would steal some sales.  Problem is what % of F150's are that top trim vs the 100,000s of work truck trims sold?  When you have a huge quantity to suck up most of the engineering, it is easy to do a top trim level and sell a few of them.  Just like BMW can do an M5 because 528i's exist.  

It isn't that Daimler with all their truck knowledge couldn't build the best pick up out there, but how much volume would they get on a Mercedes truck that was $70,000 base?  If Ford made the F150 start at $70,000 then sales would drop from 700,000 a year to about 25,000 a year, and there would be no business case for it.

Mmmmkay dude. Whatever you say. 

 

For the record, truck prices have gone through the roof yet keep selling like hot cakes. Seems like some folks don’t mind paying $70K for a Ford or RAM. What is hilarious is that you compare that number against a vapor ware Benz pickup that would not have started anywhere near $70K. Just more of that imaginary pricing of yours with a hint of bar moving. Like you said, if they wanted to do it, they would. Alas, they can’t. 

 

 In regards to Toyota, cars like the Camry and Corolla sell because of legendary reliability yet rank near the bottom in every comparison out there. In other words, they haven’t gone all in with those for years now meaning that “going all in” isn’t always the magic bullet towards cracking certain markets. To even bring a Camry up like it’s comparable to what’s going on with MERCEDES is laughable deflection on your part. Playing that fanboy card pretty hard today. 

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@smk4565—Your top trim sales argument can be used against Mercedes as well. How many actual top trim Benzs are sold versus the pleather and plastic entry and base models of there’s. I’m willing to bet the top trim F150 percentage is higher than most Benzs out there. Again, they sell like hot cakes and I always see dozens of top trim models on various lots around. They wouldn’t keep getting them if they weren’t selling. 

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44 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

@smk4565—Your top trim sales argument can be used against Mercedes as well. How many actual top trim Benzs are sold versus the pleather and plastic entry and base models of there’s. I’m willing to bet the top trim F150 percentage is higher than most Benzs out there. Again, they sell like hot cakes and I always see dozens of top trim models on various lots around. They wouldn’t keep getting them if they weren’t selling. 

It isn't about percentage it is about price point.  Why do Cadillac and Lincoln not have pickup trucks?  Both tried and failed, Lincoln tried twice and failed.   Lexus and Infiniti never tried.

Mercedes can't find enough volume for a truck on their own, it would have to platform share with another vehicle, which is what they tried with the X-class and it didn't work.  They could try to convert a GLS into a unibody pick up, but a GLS is expensive, and how many trucks would they sell at that price point?  I don't see that as being a smart business move.

Toyota if they got their act together on the Tundra I think could make a Lexus truck because even if they sold 20,000 a year, it wouldn't matter because the Tundra is eating up all the R&D cost.

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40 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

It isn't about percentage it is about price point.  Why do Cadillac and Lincoln not have pickup trucks?  Both tried and failed, Lincoln tried twice and failed.   Lexus and Infiniti never tried.

Mercedes can't find enough volume for a truck on their own, it would have to platform share with another vehicle, which is what they tried with the X-class and it didn't work.  They could try to convert a GLS into a unibody pick up, but a GLS is expensive, and how many trucks would they sell at that price point?  I don't see that as being a smart business move.

Toyota if they got their act together on the Tundra I think could make a Lexus truck because even if they sold 20,000 a year, it wouldn't matter because the Tundra is eating up all the R&D cost.

Again, mmmkay dude. 

 

The Cadillac Escalade EXT actually did well (for what it was) but it was also not a full blown pick up. Once GM decided to scrap the Avalanche, there was no chance for the Caddy. Still did way better than Lincoln attempts and still better than the vapor ware attempt by Benz. I’m thinking that’s the only reason for your deflection. The domestics at least made an attempt (with some success by one of them) while the best or nothing said “we got nothing”. And that’s the point here. Mercedes could not even get it off the ground, even with a borrowed platform to work with. Make all the excuses you want regarding anyone else not sporting that Tri Star on the hood but facts are facts. 

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7 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Again, mmmkay dude. 

 

The Cadillac Escalade EXT actually did well (for what it was) but it was also not a full blown pick up. Once GM decided to scrap the Avalanche, there was no chance for the Caddy. Still did way better than Lincoln attempts and still better than the vapor ware attempt by Benz. I’m thinking that’s the only reason for your deflection. The domestics at least made an attempt (with some success by one of them) while the best or nothing said “we got nothing”. And that’s the point here. Mercedes could not even get it off the ground, even with a borrowed platform to work with. Make all the excuses you want regarding anyone else not sporting that Tri Star on the hood but facts are facts. 

What were the sales of the Lincoln Mark LT compared to the Cadillac Escalade EXT?

Also, I am not sure if Cadillac CAN make a true luxury pickup given the predominance of the GMC Sierra Denali, which already fetch Cadillac prices.

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13 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Again, mmmkay dude. 

 

The Cadillac Escalade EXT actually did well (for what it was) but it was also not a full blown pick up. Once GM decided to scrap the Avalanche, there was no chance for the Caddy. Still did way better than Lincoln attempts and still better than the vapor ware attempt by Benz. I’m thinking that’s the only reason for your deflection. The domestics at least made an attempt (with some success by one of them) while the best or nothing said “we got nothing”. And that’s the point here. Mercedes could not even get it off the ground, even with a borrowed platform to work with. Make all the excuses you want regarding anyone else not sporting that Tri Star on the hood but facts are facts. 

I never thought a Mercedes pick up was a good idea to begin with, and I certainly wouldn't use any thing from Nissan/Renault as a platform.  That is why I didn't think it would work here.  If it worked overseas they could have done  a gen 2 on their own platform and brought it to the USA.  Doing it the way they did was a way to put their toe in the water with little R&D expense, I think it is a smart move to dump the pick up and focus on sedans and SUVs which is where they make their money.

6 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

What were the sales of the Lincoln Mark LT compared to the Cadillac Escalade EXT?

Also, I am not sure if Cadillac CAN make a true luxury pickup given the predominance of the GMC Sierra Denali, which already fetch Cadillac prices.

And imagine Cadillac or Lincoln making a pickup without using the Silverado or F150 chassis.  And see how the business case for that would work.  GM can't even make a business case for a Camaro that rides on an existing platform.   And it is every carmaker, they see crossovers as profit, and that is where the money will go, and the Detroit 3 have full size trucks also which works here, not outside of the USA, thus they have to put all their other money in crossovers or whatever China demands or regulates.  

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I think it is great that they are killing the X-class (and SLC also).  I think they should kill the S-class convertible, to make more room for the SL.  I don't think the CLS serves any purpose, they can kill that too.  I'd like to see C and E-class convertibles stay since they are killing SLC and S-class convertible.  They can kill the C-class wagon too.  Cut the fat, make a Maybach G-wagon instead.  I could see a Maybach E580, which would be pretty bad ass.   And that is easy stuff to do, just load up existing models that are already paid for.  Heck that has kept FCA in business for the past 10 years.

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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

I think could make a Lexus truck because even if they sold 20,000 a year, it wouldn't matter because the Tundra is eating up all the R&D cost.

So a "rebadged toyoter"; a marketplace also-ran? That's you suggestion for success???

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10 hours ago, ccap41 said:

Good lord, I hope the the crossover coupes get the axe. I have such an irrational hatred for those things. 

No suck luck the BMW X8 is a go, and it probably won't cost any more to build than an X7, yet it will sell for $130,000 and the BMW bored will be like

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7 minutes ago, balthazar said:

So a "rebadged toyoter"; a marketplace also-ran? That's you suggestion for success???

IF Toyota got their act together on the Tundra.  The current Tundra is a joke, it is dated as can be, has been on market for 12 years, has a 5.7 liter engine making 3 liter V6 power.  Toyota has 10s of billions of dollars in cash on hand.  If they launched a Tundra that was class leading in ride, handling, towing, hauling, fuel economy, refinement, and reliability (which  they have the money to do), THEN they can do a Lexus version.  But in their current state of affairs no, their full size truck entrant is a joke, and there is no excuse for it, they aren't on an FCA shoestring budget, they are the richest car company in the world.

I actually think if Toyota set a goal and made a 20 year commitment that they could get the Tundra to outsell the F150.  The Camry only needed about 15 years to be the #1 selling car, the RAV4 needed about 15 years to be #1 selling SUV.

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1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

What were the sales of the Lincoln Mark LT compared to the Cadillac Escalade EXT?

Also, I am not sure if Cadillac CAN make a true luxury pickup given the predominance of the GMC Sierra Denali, which already fetch Cadillac prices.

Sales were not through the roof, by any means, but the assertion made by SMK was that others “failed” (even though the Slade was around for 2 generations) so it’s okay for Benz to give up on their vapor ware. The best or nothing. Now I get it lol. 

 

And again with the excuses by @smk4565 about what they have available. They are the largest truck maker in the world but nowhere in that huge parts bin of theirs are the parts for a simple pick up? LMAO at the endless excuses and deflection here!

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10 hours ago, smk4565 said:

No suck luck the BMW X8 is a go, and it probably won't cost any more to build than an X7, yet it will sell for $130,000 and the BMW bored will be like

Well, when they sell 18 of them in two years, hopefully it will get the axe after that. Hopefully the lot gets trimmed sooner by getting rid of the bucket of pukes in the GLC Coupe, GLE Coupe, X4, and X6. 

FCK THOSE VEHICLES. 

10 hours ago, smk4565 said:

I actually think if Toyota set a goal and made a 20 year commitment that they could get the Tundra to outsell the F150.  The Camry only needed about 15 years to be the #1 selling car, the RAV4 needed about 15 years to be #1 selling SUV

I think it could be competitive but I think there is zero chance it could outsell the F150 unless the next F150 is a COMPLETE dud AND it falls to #3 behind the Ram and Silverado making the Toyota #3 and F150 #4. 

Also, to the best of my knowledge, those sales are F series, not just F150. That would mean Toyota would need their Tundra to have HD versions and try and take that whole market as well.

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True to that.  I think Tundra could outsell F150 if Toyota got on it.  But F-series does have a big line that get lumped into there.  And I don't see Toyota doing medium duty trucks and such. 

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The vast bulk of the F-Series is the F-150. 

The problem with the theory that “if toyoter got on it” is that Ford NEVER sits still on the F-150, and they’re LIGHT YEARS ahead of where the tundra will be 2 generations from now. It’s a no-win scenario.

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40 minutes ago, balthazar said:

The vast bulk of the F-Series is the F-150. 

The problem with the theory that “if toyoter got on it” is that Ford NEVER sits still on the F-150, and they’re LIGHT YEARS ahead of where the tundra will be 2 generations from now. It’s a no-win scenario.

Now if only GM would do the same with its crossovers. . . . .

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

The vast bulk of the F-Series is the F-150. 

The problem with the theory that “if toyoter got on it” is that Ford NEVER sits still on the F-150, and they’re LIGHT YEARS ahead of where the tundra will be 2 generations from now. It’s a no-win scenario.

Toyota could spend Ford under a table if they wanted to.  Toyota made over $17 billion in profit last year, over 20 billion the year before and sits on about a $50 billion pile of cash and short term investments.  Why on earth they haven't taken that full size truck segment head on is beyond me.

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I don't think it's just about money.
Ford has been building trucks since 1905, they've been crushing the full-size segment for 50+ years, trucks are hardwired into the Corporation's DNA.
And now -- much to toyota's dismay no doubt -- Ford is doubling down on trucks and is just beginning to flex it's muscle in the only spot toyoter has had any success; where the 'coma sits. 
Toyoter has always been focused on cars (and CUVs now), but the cars are still looking to continue to constrict, and their trucks aren't anywhere near where the cam/rolla is. toyota is going to see some real erosion, IMO.

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13 hours ago, smk4565 said:

Toyota could spend Ford under a table if they wanted to.  Toyota made over $17 billion in profit last year, over 20 billion the year before and sits on about a $50 billion pile of cash and short term investments.  Why on earth they haven't taken that full size truck segment head on is beyond me.

The exact same reason neither Ford nor GM ever took small cars seriously: not in their DNA.  For Ford or GM to take on the Toyota Corolla/Yaris and/or the Honda Civic/Fit is almost an economic suicide mission at this point.  If Detroit wanted to take down Civic/Corolla, then the Detroit three would have had to dedicate everything and their children to take them down back in the early 1970s.  Instead the public gets the Chevy Vega and the Ford Pinto, neither of which were good enough.

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      The GLA AMG 35 gets an AMG tuned suspension, including an optional ride control system that allows the driver to select between three different drive modes.  A high performance braking system with 13.8 inch disks up front and 13.0 inch disks in the rear is included. There is a speed-sensitive variable ratio steering that changes the amount of assistance offered at different speeds. The AMG also gets a special exhaust system with a gas flap to change the sound dynamics of the car depending on mode, engine speed, and engine load. 
      The exterior of the AMG GLA 35 gets a different front fascia from the regular GLA 250, fitting in with the rest of the AMG lineup. 
      The GLA 250 goes on sale Summer of 2020 with the AMG following after that.
       
       
      New GLA
      Predecessor
      Diff.
      Exterior dimensions
      Length
      in
      173.6
      174.2
      -0.6
      Width
      in
      72.2
      71.0
      +1.2
      Width incl. exterior mirrors
      in
      79.5
      79.6
      -0.1
      Height
      in
      63.4
      59.3
      +4.1
      Wheelbase
      in
      107.4
      106.3
      +1.1
      Track, front
      in
      63.2
      61.4
      +1.8
      Track, rear
      in
      63.2
      61.4
      +1.8
      Interior dimensions*
      Max. front headroom
      in
      40.8
      40.0
      +0.8
      Headroom, rear
      in
      38.1
      38.4
      -0.3
      Legroom, front
      in
      41.1
      41.9
      -0.8
      Legroom, rear
      in
      38.4
      33.9
      +4.5
      Elbow room, front
      in
      57.3
      56.0
      +1.3
      Elbow room, rear
      in
      57.3
      55.5
      +1.8
      Shoulder room, front
      in
      55.9
      54.8
      +1.1
      Shoulder room, rear
      in
      54.8
      53.1
      +1.7
      Load compartment width, max.
      in
      50.1
      46.7
      +3.4
      Load compartment depth, max.
      in
      56.0
      54.9
      +1.1
      Eff. width trunk opening
      in
      41.3
      41.1
      +0.2
      Trunk capacity (VDA)
      cu-ft
      15.4
      14.9
      +0.5

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      Mercedes-Benz went the unconventional route and debuted their new GLA SUV completely online this morning. The new GLA comes on a new platform and changes up the dimensions a bit to improve interior space.  Overall length is down 0.6 inches, but height has increased 4.1 inches, and wheelbase is up 1.1 inches while width is up 1.2 inches. This translates to some minor improvements in most, but not all, interior dimensions.  (Dimensions chart on Page 2)
      The GLA initially will come in three forms, the GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic, and AMG GLA 35.  The 250 and 250 4matic some with the same powertrain, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 221 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,620 - 4,000 RPM.  Power is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed DCT.
      The AMG GLA 35 comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 302 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 295 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 - 4,000 RPM. And uses a modified version of the 8-speed DCT. Zero to 60 is estimated at 5.0 seconds.
      GLA 250 models equipped with 4Matic come with an Off-Road Engineering Package as standard.  It is an extra drive mode that adapts the characteristics of the 4Matic system and changes power delivery and ABS intervention.  The gauge cluster will present an animation of gradient, inclination angle, and technical settings to help the driver through the situation. 
      4Matic has been updated from being hydraulically activated to electro-mechanically activated.  In normal mode, the system splits torque 80:20 front:rear.  Sport mode changes that ratio to 70:30, while off-road mode moves it to 50:50. Being electro-mechanically operated allows the 4Matic system to be more efficient by not having to drive hydraulic pumps. 
      The GLA 250 is available with a host of driver assistance packages. They include:
      Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with the functions: braking for stationary vehicles, extended automatic restarting in traffic jams in conjunction with Active Parking Assist and navigation, activation of "Gliding" in the ECO drive mode, Active Steering Assist with the functions: Active Emergency Braking Assist – with automatic unlocking and placement of an SOS call to the Mercedes-Benz emergency call center after the vehicle has come to a stop (depending on country) Active Lane Change Assist in conjunction with navigation, Emergency lane function: in freeway traffic jams at speeds below approx. 37 mph. Active Speed Limit Assist with reaction to changes in speed limits in conjunction with Traffic Sign Assist, Route-based speed adjustment when approaching bends, roundabouts, toll stations, T-junctions and before leaving highways – reduction of vehicle speed when encountering the end of a traffic jam, in conjunction with navigation, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, PRE-SAFE PLUS: can detect a potential rear impact. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, minimizing the risk of whiplash injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear. The interior of the GLA is quite similar to the A-Class sedan. Mercedes MBUX is there and can be activated by voice simply by saying "Hey Mercedes". 
      AMG 35
      The GLA AMG 35 gets an AMG tuned suspension, including an optional ride control system that allows the driver to select between three different drive modes.  A high performance braking system with 13.8 inch disks up front and 13.0 inch disks in the rear is included. There is a speed-sensitive variable ratio steering that changes the amount of assistance offered at different speeds. The AMG also gets a special exhaust system with a gas flap to change the sound dynamics of the car depending on mode, engine speed, and engine load. 
      The exterior of the AMG GLA 35 gets a different front fascia from the regular GLA 250, fitting in with the rest of the AMG lineup. 
      The GLA 250 goes on sale Summer of 2020 with the AMG following after that.
       
       
      New GLA
      Predecessor
      Diff.
      Exterior dimensions
      Length
      in
      173.6
      174.2
      -0.6
      Width
      in
      72.2
      71.0
      +1.2
      Width incl. exterior mirrors
      in
      79.5
      79.6
      -0.1
      Height
      in
      63.4
      59.3
      +4.1
      Wheelbase
      in
      107.4
      106.3
      +1.1
      Track, front
      in
      63.2
      61.4
      +1.8
      Track, rear
      in
      63.2
      61.4
      +1.8
      Interior dimensions*
      Max. front headroom
      in
      40.8
      40.0
      +0.8
      Headroom, rear
      in
      38.1
      38.4
      -0.3
      Legroom, front
      in
      41.1
      41.9
      -0.8
      Legroom, rear
      in
      38.4
      33.9
      +4.5
      Elbow room, front
      in
      57.3
      56.0
      +1.3
      Elbow room, rear
      in
      57.3
      55.5
      +1.8
      Shoulder room, front
      in
      55.9
      54.8
      +1.1
      Shoulder room, rear
      in
      54.8
      53.1
      +1.7
      Load compartment width, max.
      in
      50.1
      46.7
      +3.4
      Load compartment depth, max.
      in
      56.0
      54.9
      +1.1
      Eff. width trunk opening
      in
      41.3
      41.1
      +0.2
      Trunk capacity (VDA)
      cu-ft
      15.4
      14.9
      +0.5
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the debut of the GLA. Rather than holding an event, they are doing an online reveal of the new GLA class. We got a preview of the new GLA in the form of a sketch released from Mercedes.  Ignore the ridiculous sized wheels and you'll get a good view of what it will look like.  
      The new GLA rides on a new platform, the same that underpins the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. That means, yes, it is a front-wheel drive model, but expect 4matic to be available as well.  The overall size of the car will be reduced very slightly, but the wheelbase has been increased.  This should increase legroom for passengers, but we don't have any of those dimensions yet. The roof will be slightly taller too. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be shared with Infiniti to create another QX30. 
      Front end styling won't be that different from the current A-Class or CLA and expect the interior to be very similar, if not the same, as what you'd get in an A-Class. Powertrains will be the same as well, with an AMG GLA 45 coming.  Rumor has it a hybrid version could also be in the works.

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the debut of the GLA. Rather than holding an event, they are doing an online reveal of the new GLA class. We got a preview of the new GLA in the form of a sketch released from Mercedes.  Ignore the ridiculous sized wheels and you'll get a good view of what it will look like.  
      The new GLA rides on a new platform, the same that underpins the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. That means, yes, it is a front-wheel drive model, but expect 4matic to be available as well.  The overall size of the car will be reduced very slightly, but the wheelbase has been increased.  This should increase legroom for passengers, but we don't have any of those dimensions yet. The roof will be slightly taller too. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be shared with Infiniti to create another QX30. 
      Front end styling won't be that different from the current A-Class or CLA and expect the interior to be very similar, if not the same, as what you'd get in an A-Class. Powertrains will be the same as well, with an AMG GLA 45 coming.  Rumor has it a hybrid version could also be in the works.
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