Brabus has just announced the launch of its new tuning and esthetic enhancements for the Mercedes-Benz GLA, with specific off-road characteristics, up to 21'' tailor-made monoblock wheels and suspension components that allow lowering or raising the ride height according to situations, in addition to stainless-steel sport quad exhausts and many interior options.
On top of that, Brabus also proposes for the new premium compact SUV, engine tuning options with a maximum power output going up to 294 kW / 400 horsepower (394 bhp), with the German tuner's warranty of three years (or up to 100,000 kilometers / 62,000 miles).
The esthetic elements are available with the GLA Standard, Style or Urban specifications, in addition to other aerodynamics enhancing components (under development) for the AMG line models. Brabus indicates that all components are manufactured in OEM quality from high-grade PUR plastics.
Front From the front, the Brabus element replaces the central insert of the bumper, including both sides, with an additional front spoiler, underride guard and other attachments for the side air inlets in the bumper.
LED A concealed LED lighting system has been added to ease access and exit from the luxury compact crossover, while also enhancing safety in the dark. The LED lighting is activated with the keyless remote control unit or by pulling on a door handle.
Rear At the back, modifications include a special spoiler and a rear bumper insert which mirrors the design of the underride guard design of the front element, in addition to special cutouts for the four tailpipes of the Brabus stainless-steel sport exhaust.
Wheels The lineup of the Brabus alloy wheels covers dimensions from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. The largest are forged Brabus 9Jx21 "Platinum Edition" wheels in two designs, Monoblock F and R. The matching high-performance street tires are supplied by Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA up to size 255/30 R 21.
Suspension BRABUS offers both options: raised or lowered height. First comes the moderately raised ride height for easier access and exit, as well as a more comfortable ride with higher traffic visibility ahead. This suspension kit lifts the ride height of the GLA by about (+) 30 millimeters (1.2 inches).
On the other hand, those who prefer a more dynamic handling in on-road conditions, the Brabus sport springs lower the ride height of the GLA by about (-) 25 millimeters (1 inch). Other performance kits are also available (more details at brabus.com)
Engines Brabus engine variants (the tuner recommends the MOTUL high-performance lubricants with these variants) start with the ECO PowerXtra D3, as the tuner's most efficient performance kit for the common-rail turbodiesel engine of the Mercedes GLA 220 CDI.
This variant has a calibrated plug-and-play auxiliary control unit which adds 30 kW / 40.8 horsepower (40.2 bhp). Maximum power output is 155 kW / 211 horsepower (208 bhp) with a peak torque of 410 Nm (302 lb-ft, 41.8 kg-m) allowing the ECO PowerXtra D3 / 220 CDI to cover the 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).
On the petrol (gasoline) side, the Brabus modules boost of the four-cylinder turbocharged models culminates in the PowerXtra CGI B45 tuning kit for the GLA 45, which boosts power to 294 kW / 400 horsepower (394 bhp) and peak torque to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft, 51 kg-m), launching the super sporty all-wheel-drive compact SUV from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, up to a top speed (with the Brabus V/max unit) 270 km/h (168 mph).
Exhaust To express all these figures in sportier exhaust tunes, an all-stainless sport exhaust with two chrome-plated tailpipes on either side is available for most diesel and gasoline models, for a sportier exhaust note.
A sport exhaust with controlled butterfly valve is optionally available for the GLA 250, allowing the owner to tune the engine sound from discreet to distinctly sporty.
Interior Inside, the Brabus interior options include bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with the tuner's brand logo (available also with optional lighting), as well as matt-anodized aluminium pedals, door-lock pins and Brabus Race aluminium shift paddles.