Three models will make their way to local showrooms, but, for now, only the entry-level GLA 200 CDI diesel is available, priced from $47,900 plus on-roads.
That entry diesel model will be followed later in the year by the petrol GLA 250 4MATIC and the GLA 45 AMG performer, priced from $57,900 and $79,900 respectively.
The diesel-powered GLA 200 CDI gets a 2.2 litre turbocharged unit, making 100kW and 300Nm while returning 4.3 l/100km.
Both the GLA 250 4MATIC and the GLA 45 AMG get a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 155kW/350Nm in the GLA 250 and 265kW/450Nm in the AMG version.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission option, while an ‘on-demand’ system is fitted to all-wheel-drive models, which includes an off-road mode, able to send up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels.
All GLA models in Australia feature a powered tailgate, with other features and options largely mirroring the equivalent A-Class models.
The GLA, however, is noticeably larger than its A-Class hatch stablemate, although both ride on the same 2.69 metre wheelbase.
Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, parking sensors and a reversing camera.
In GLA 250 form, there's 19-inch alloys, heated front seats with a memory function, adaptive headlights and a sunroof.
Stepping up to the AMG model adds 20-inch AMG wheels, sports suspension, larger brakes, darker exterior accents, advanced satellite navigation and a premium surround-sound audio system.
Safety features include low-speed collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, fatigue monitor and a pedestrian-friendly active bonnet.
The AMG model's safety pack is enhanced with active cruise control and lane diversion monitor.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- GLA 200 CDI - $47,900
- GLA 250 4MATIC - $57,900
- GLA 45 AMG - $79,900
Note: Overseas models pictured, Australian gallery to follow.