The new Mercedes GLA-Class 4MATIC made its UK debut below ground in Cheshire’s Winsford Rock Salt Mine. The GLA is designed to present a perfect balance between the demands of every-day on-road and off-road driving.
This unusual debut was designed to show-off the grip and control that the GLA-Class has to offer. To do this, four standard GLA-class models were lowered in to the mine, where more than 130 miles of tunnels – with deteriorated terrain – lay beneath the Cheshire ground.
The Winsford Rock Salt Mine is the UK’s largest and oldest working mine, with 23 million cubic metres of space stretching 5km from east to west and 3km north to south.
The SUV was able to demonstrate all it had to offer within the difficult conditions of the mine. The broken ground of salt road tunnels proved to be no obstacle for the GLA, as a combination of the suspension and the 4MATIC traction system handled the challenge with little effort.
Likewise, lighting was not a problem with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) which lit up the eight metre tall tunnels.
The SUVs that Mercedes offer are flourishing and the new GLA-Class lines up alongside the M-Class, G-Class and CL-Class in their SUV range. Its rivals include the Audi Q3 and BMX X1, with prices for the GLA-Class starting from £25,850 OTR.