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Kit out your Merc GLA (and your life)





13 February 2014


Mercedes-Benz has revealed a whole range of accessories for its new GLA. What’s the point, after all, of buying a crossover vehicle if you don’t embrace the outdoor lifestyle?

With this in mind, the Genuine Accessories range for the GLA-Class comes in the form of the new Aerostyle roof bars. These provide a multifunctional basis for all Mercedes-Benz carrying and recreational solutions, for example roof boxes, cycle, or combined ski and snowboard racks, and can be quickly fitted to the roof rails without the need for tools. The GLA includes aluminium roof rails as standard with the Style, Urban and AMG lines as well as in conjunction with the Night package.

The very lightweight New Alustyle cycle rack, for example, is just one of the solutions that can be fitted to the roof bars. The bikes themselves can be loaded in two ways: either directly onto the roof, or by attaching them beforehand on the ground. The folding support frame also ensures that wind resistance is minimised when the rack is empty.

A practical solution for carrying items inside the vehicle is the easy-to-clean boot tub: ideal also for carrying foodstuffs or liquids. The shape of the tub, with its slightly raised edge, fits the load area perfectly and is extremely robust, as it is made out of shock-resistant and shatterproof polypropylene.

The Genuine Accessories range also includes an extensive selection of light-alloy wheelsfor the GLA. One particularly attractive enhancement are 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, size 8 J x 19 – available either painted in black with a high-sheen finish or in vanadium silver metallic.

Other items include a brown/beige-check picnic blanket, a bottle cooler in silk beige neoprene and a brown T-shirt with patch breast pocket. And for those who opt for the satin-finish light brown poplar wood trim for their Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Mercedes-Benz Collection includes matching wood-look cases for the iPad mini and iPhone 5.

Then, of course, there is also an official GLA messenger bag. This leather bag, in orient brown, features a laptop compartment and various other inside pockets, while a canvas shoulder strap enhances carrying comfort. A choice of two key rings is also available for the GLA: one is the familiar version with a scaled-down replica of the tailgate badge. The other is the “Aspen” model: this features a braided loop in brown grosgrain, lined with green cowhide. Both key rings include three additional split rings to allow quick exchange/removal of individual keys.