• The new Mercedes-Benz GLA was revealed this week, the companies’ latest addition to its growing SUV family.

    With an extra 10cm in height, the new GLA offers better headroom than its predecessor and whilst the car is now slightly shorter in length, new seating positions inside offers greater leg room for rear passengers.

    Four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be available from launch and have been modernized since the previous generation, with increased outputs as well as improved efficiency and emissions. The GLA 200 will be powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 161hp and emit 129g of CO2 (NEDC). The top of the line model will be the four-wheel-drive AMG GLA 35; outputting 302bhp and a 0-60mph time of 5.1s. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant is also in the works for a later release.

    The new GLA will make its debut in the UK in Spring 2020, with prices expected to start around £25,000.

 

  • Mercedes also announced pricing and specs for another SUV this week, the New Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.

    Available in one high-specification from launch, AMG Line Premium Plus, the GLE Coupé starts at £72,530 for a 3.0-litre 330hp diesel engine in the GLE 400 d or starts at £80,615 for the AMG GLE 53, with a 3.0-litre petrol engine and 435hp.

    Available to order now, first customer cars are expected to arrive in Summer 2020.


  • A free software update is now available for the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, which improves battery performance and increases its driving range by up to 12 miles from a full charge.

    The update also includes changes to the all-wheel drive system and tweaks the cars efficiency in ‘ECO’ mode. Aerodynamics have even been improved via the update, by having the car now close its cooling vents more frequently to help reduce drag.

    Despite the increase in electric range, Jaguar claims this does not change the official certified range of 292 miles (WLTP). Upon being asked the reason why the figure is unchanged, Jaguar have stated:
    “The focus of this campaign is improved real-world range for our customers. The additional resources that would be needed purely for recertification are much better invested in ongoing product developments – for race and road.”

    Whilst this latest update is not currently available over-the-air, I-PACE owners can take their cars
    to their nearest dealership to have the new software installed free of charge.