Mercedes-Benz has set out to rewrite the rules on small, entry-level luxury cars. Forget the little C-Coupe of a decade back, and the original Baby Benz. The maker is out to prove that good things can come in small packages – and with the upcoming introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, add the word, “powerful” to your list of superlatives.
The production version of the new Benz crossover’s most powerful model will make its official debut at the North American International Auto Show next week, but Mercedes is offering up an advanced look at the 355-horsepower compact crossover.
Based on the same basic “architecture” as the new Mercedes CLA coupe-like sedan, the GLA is taking aim at Gen-X and Millennial buyers who put a premium on luxury brands but might otherwise be stuck in a more mainstream segment. The AMG version, meanwhile, is the most affordable high-performance crossover the Teutonic maker has ever offered.