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Mercedes-AMG brings back GLA 45 with 382 horsepower for 2021 model year

The sportier and flashier Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is coming later this year.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA has previously been known more for its tin can-like drive quality than as a zippy choice for commuters. The 2021 GLA redesign took care of much of the crossover's image problems and a new power infusion from Mercedes-AMG is taking care of the second bit. Meet the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45.

The fresh model is powered by the company's new M139 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That's a lot for a little package. Engineers have paired the engine with AMG's eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (manual transmission mode is standard). Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph and the crossover can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Mercedes has opted to up the crossovers rigidity over the traditional GLA.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Race-Start functionality is standard on the model as are other drive modes including Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual. Switch the crossover into Pro or Master mode (available with the AMG Dynamic Plus package) and the system switches into Sport mode.

All-wheel drive is standard and has active torque control functionality that can determine which wheels get how much power based on the driving conditions.

Mercedes brags that the model's new body structure, struts, and suspension allows it to be more rigid which limits body roll, even at higher speeds. An adaptive damping system, called Ride Control, allows drivers to choose from three different settings. Additionally, AMG engineers attached a lightweight aluminum plate under the engine, known as the "shearing plate", to increase torsional rigidity and added diagonal struts at the front and rear.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 The SUV is electronically limited to 155 mph.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The German automaker has upped the impact of the brakes as well. At the front of the GLA 45 are four-piston fixed front calipers act on 13.8 x 1.3 in brake discs, while at the rear axle, one-piston floating calipers act on 13.0 x 0.9 in brake discs. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brake fading, even with extreme use. The grey-painted brake calipers feature white AMG lettering.

The interior of the GLA 45 has been given the standard AMG treatment. Upholstery is a combination of black MB-Tex with Dinamica with red double topstitching, red seat belts' nd a carbon fiber-look trim on the dashboard. MB-Tex in Neva Grey/Black with mid-grey double topstitching and light-longitudinal-grain aluminum trim, four other leather upholsteries, and AMG Performance seats are available.

In front of the driver, the instrument screen features three different appearance options: Comfort, Sport, and Supersport. The Supersport mode features a three-dimensional perspective. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter, Racetimer, and Engine Data.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 A number of leather and Dinamica interior upholstery options are available.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

AMG Race Pace technology gives the model track day functionality with the ability to count laps, keep track of times, and continuously monitors over 80 sets of data.

The model will go on sale later this year and be priced at a premium over the traditional GLA. The 2019 GLA 45 started around $53,000 and there was no 2020 model.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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New electric luxury vehicles

Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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