2024 GLA & GLB: Clever Engines, More Luxury & Styling Changes.

AMG Duo Shines Bright in Upgraded Model Year

Mercedes-Benz unveiled their newly improved GLA-Class and GLB-Class, both arriving in 2024 with an updated look, advanced technology, and more luxurious features than ever.

At first perception, alterations have remained quite meager. Yet, the famous German maker has made a few adjustments to their motor selection, as well as some energising AMG derivatives. For 2024, their sporty 35 derivative models incorporate a 48-volt mild-hybrid system featuring a belt-driven starter-generator.

Beneath particular operational circumstances, this is assumed to contribute a supplementary 13 horsepower to the already forceful turbocharged 2.0-liter motor. Mercedes declares that the contemporary arrangement further boosts the start/stop and gliding functions, both intended to economize on fuel.

The GLA 35 and GLB 35 both supply an impressive quantity of 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, propelled to all four wheels by the 8-speed AMG Speedshift DCT gearbox. This causing a quickening of time with the former vehicle launching to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds while the latter is just behind at 5.4. This fast capability can be capped out by a velocious 155 mph limited maximum speed.

Lesser-displacement derivatives are likewise blessed with the new mild-hybrid system and 48-volt electrical architecture feauring a belt-driven starter generator. Much like its AMG counterpart, this hybrid powertrain has been engineered to offer an added 13HP in specified conditions, increasing acceleration response and experience as well. In addition to that it also employs regenerative braking for routing energy to the 48-volt battery and 12-volt on-board network.

Once again, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is still able to generate 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and purchasers can select between front-wheel and all-wheel drive setups. Such modifications align with those received by the 2024 CLA as well as CLA AMG not long ago. Noticeably, Mercedes has kept quiet about potential improvements to the GLA 45, which can be anticipated to be released sooner rather than later.

These trendsetters are renowned for their fashion, so it is unsurprising that Mercedes has kept to a successful design.

The general form of the GLA persists, although Mercedes has added several new touches to upgrade the base edition. A novel radiator grille, with perpendicular slats, is paired with an altered front bumper, and the hood now possesses slight contours.

LED headlamps and taillights show off a new pattern of lighting, but otherwise remain identical. Customers can now opt for Spectral Blue Metallic or any of three new wheel designs that span from 18 to 20 inches in scope, to personalize their rides.

For 2024, the GLB boasts exuberant, reimagined coloring possibilities and wheel contours. An additional grille, along with a modified front bumper and adjusted light sets, finalize the modifications.

The GLA and GLB 35 AMG variations are endowed with the same refreshes, plus adding an AMG insignia on the bonnet rather than the iconic Three-pointed star.

Mercedes-AMG customers will be delighted to hear that the 35 models are sporting brand-new wheel designs, which include a 19-inch ten-spoke matte black alloy. They also offer two more choices of 20-inch wheels, albeit likely with an additional fee.

Mercedes has updated the GLA and GLB cabins with a Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel as a part of their basic features. Upgrades include Highbeam Assist plus the parking, side mirror, and keyless-go bundles. In addition, changes have been made to the selection of upholstery choices. Those opting for the AMG Line interior set now have access to heated steering wheels.

Recent GLB models have taken a further step by introducing state-of-the-art turbine-style air vents. This advancement provides notably enhanced airflow, bringing new levels of comfort and convenience to the modern vehicle.

Progressively, two different shades (Black and Macchiato Beige) are now available in both models. Also, the AMG Line has been augmented with a new leather shade – Bahia Brown. Moreover, Mercedes also affirms that notable percentage of the microfiber upholstery used on the AMG Line has been recycled.

Mercedes has incorporated new sports seating featuring remodeled upholstery selections for the AMG versions, with Sage Grey/Black MB-Tex and Red/Black leather available as an option. Moreover, the AMG Performance seats can be included accompanied by open-pore antique Brown Linden Wood adornments.

The AMG 35 twins for 2024 gain a steering wheel geared for performance. With built-in AMG Drive Unit controls, the operator does no longer have to remove their hands from the wheel to function key operations or put the car in sports mode, e.g..

When it comes to the infotainment system, the standout news is that it now boasts wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, the cabin of the 2024 GLA and GLB has been modified to include an extra USB-C port and a higher power USB charging capacity. On top of this, the value-added MBUX has the most advanced version of its software installed, which also has extra displays that can be individually set up according to user preferences.

Drivers have the option of selecting from three different themes. “Classic” offers the necessary info, while “Discreet” reveals only the basics. For those looking for a more dynamic look, there is the “Sporty” theme, which features a tachometer. For those wanting to take their audio experience to the next level, a Burmester surround sound system with Dolby Atmos is available for an additional cost.

Of course, receiving the same welcome updates to the MBUX system, the GLB and GLA models extend further with a particular AMG display design as well as specific functions that are suitable for both.

Mercedes has taken strides on the safety front, heading up their driver assistance safety features with the incorporation of a new-age parking package. This function integrates 3D imaging and a panoramic camera to assist when manoeuvring into a space. Curiously, Mercedes pronounces this as standard on the GLA-Class, but describes it as an option on the AMG models.

Pricing is still to be revealed, however we do not anticipate the GLA-Class and GLB-Class of 2024 to differ from the current basic costs of $37,500 and $39,800, respectively. It is likely that the newly updated pair will reach showrooms later in the year.

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