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Driven to Explore: The Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes Benz GLA parked on snow against wood cabin

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our options for travel have been limited. While venturing to far-flung destinations may be next to impossible right now, the argument to explore our own backyards has never been more compelling. Indeed, regional tourism has an opportunity to appeal to local travelers, and what better way to embrace our spirit of exploration than a good old-fashioned road trip? In a modern, sporty and versatile vehicle, of course. 

Mercedes Benz GLA parked on road with forest backdrop
On the Road with the Mercedes Benz GLA 250
Mercedes Benz GLA interior console
Interior Shot of the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

The Ride

Whether for everyday life or a spontaneous adventure, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC SUV is the perfect vehicle to satisfy the adventurer in all of us. Built to go wherever life takes you, this versatile urban SUV is equal parts sporty and luxurious. While its compact size and 4MATIC all-wheel drive allow it to be nimble and navigate everything from the concrete jungle to winding country roads with confidence, it also offers a larger-than-life experience thanks to its suite of premium driving features. For example, the panoramic sunroof along with the power front seats and dual-zone climate control create a comfortable and expansive environment that any driver would look for in a luxury vehicle. The second-row seats with fore and aft adjustment also accommodate according to your needs on any given day. Need more room for your passengers? No problem. Or perhaps more storage space after a holiday shopping haul? Easy. 

Perhaps most importantly, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) offers every driver a concierge-like experience built on innovation and convenience. With a simple prompt (“Hey Mercedes”), drivers can request the GLA to address their most pressing needs, from adjusting the temperature to locating the nearest cafe thanks to the intelligent voice assistant. Through the use of their Mercedes me connect mobile app, you can also remote start, lock, or check your car from the palm of your hand, further cementing the connection between technology and convenience to meet the demands and expectations of the modern driver. 

Geodesic glamping dome in forest
The Glamping Pods of Glen Oro Farm
Inside geodesic glamping dome with Mercedes Benz branded pillow on bed
GLAmping with Mercedes-Benz

The Experience

What kind of travel experience allows for a luxurious getaway while still maintaining proper social distancing standards? Earlier this winter, Mercedes-Benz invited Bay Street Bull on an exclusive road trip and “GLA”mping experience to test out the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC SUV first-hand. Drivers made their way to Ontario’s Glen Oro Farms where they were greeted by the signature Stargazer Domes, already warmed up from the heat of a cozy fireplace inside. A departure from the noise and hustle of the city, each geodesic dome offers a serene escape and—mirroring the GLA’s panoramic sunroof—features an expansive skylight to allow guests to gaze directly into the Milky Way without the interference of light pollution. To enjoy socially distanced evening entertainment and a little more time in the GLA, guests on the “GLA”mping retreat were also treated to a drive-in movie where they were able to relax within the GLA’s spacious interior, enjoying the heated seats, dual-zone climate control and sneak in a little stargazing through the sunroof during the movie.

Mercedes Benz GLA at drive thru
The Drive-Thru Experience at the Mercedes-Benz GLAmping Getaway

In the current climate, we could all use a change of scenery. Whether that’s a drive around the block in the city, or an adventure a bit further afoot. The GLA SUV is ready for any adventure. 

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC SUV, visit: https://www.mercedes-benz.ca/en/vehicles/class/gla/suv. For more information on Glen Oro Eco Retreat: https://www.glenoro.com/.