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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA starts at $37,280

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Mercedes-Benz recently announced U.S. pricing for the updated 2021 GLA compact SUV. The GLA 250 has a base price of $37,280 (including $1,050 destination), while the GLA 250 4MATIC with AWD starts at $39,280. True to form, the GLA commands a higher base price than the BMW X1 and Mini Countryman, but you get a lot of car in return.

The outgoing Mercedes GLA had a lot going for it, but it’s not exactly the roomiest or the most comfortable compact luxury SUV for the money. All of that changes in the 2021 GLA. What is once an A-class on stilts is now gifted with SUV-like proportions. In fact, the new GLA is 3.6-inches taller, 1.2-inches wider, and has a 1.1-inch longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

It also looks the part. With a sloping roofline, dual exhaust, and new grille design, the new GLA exudes sportiness and athleticism. But with rugged elements like roof rails, integrated fog lights, and skid plates, it won’t back down from rocky trails, either.

Both the GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC are equipped with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Producing 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, it has 13 more horsepower than the previous model’s four-banger. The engine is bolted to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to Mercedes, the GLA 250 takes 8.6-seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, while the top speed is electronically-limited to 130 mph.

If you want a fast GLA, the AMG GLA 35 is right up your alley, although Mercedes claims the AMG model will arrive later in 2020 with pricing to be announced at a later date. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is packing 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It also has a larger pair of 10.25-inch displays, 19-inch wheels, and an AMG Performance 4MATIC AWD system. It’s a sprightly little thing, too, as it accelerates to 60 mph in 5.0-seconds.

For its $37,280 base price, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has generous standard features including 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and a dual 7-inch display for the instrument cluster and infotainment system powered by Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX. Also included are a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, and adjustable second-row seating. Meanwhile, the GLA 250 4MATIC is equipped with an Off-Road Engineering Package to make it more capable off-road.

And since the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is bigger than before, it translates to more headroom and legroom for both the front and rear passengers. You also sit higher and have a better view of the road ahead. It also offers more cargo room with a wider-opening rear hatch. The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC will go on sale later this summer.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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This New HTC Tablet Is A Missed Opportunity

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The fact that the HTC A101 is an entry-level budget tablet is evident from the design itself. Take, for example, its massive bezels, making it seem a bit dated. The display used on this tablet measures 10.1-inches across and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. While the HTC A101 gets a respectable 8GB of RAM, the processor used here is the UNISOC T618 chip. Designed by UNISOC, this SoC is an entry-level chipset that is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. Given its credentials, do not expect blazing fast performance on this tablet. The model features 128GB of onboard storage and packs the option to add a microSD card, as well.

The camera setup on the A101 includes a 12MP primary rear-facing camera and a 2MP ultrawide camera. HTC has also thrown in a decent 5MP front-facing camera. Powering the tablet is a 7,000 mAh battery that does not support fast charging. On the software side, this tablet will ship with Android 11 at launch. Clearly, the HTC A101 is an entry-level device that targets people who do not have a huge amount of money to splurge on a tablet. 

Unfortunately for HTC, the advent of fiercely competitive Chinese smartphone brands has blurred the lines between mid-tier and low-end devices. This means that consumers of late have been getting really good-looking, well-specced products for low prices. With the HTC A101 tablet, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our perception of the product may change in case HTC decides to price the device competitively, but unfortunately, the company has yet to reveal this rather crucial piece of information.

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