Kryptonite Green is listed as December availability. Perhaps Universe Blue will continue to be available for the first several months of 2016 production. Until Kryptonite replaces it in December.I've not seen confirmation on the blue or the other inconsistencies in the guide. MBs first official announcement about the 16 GLA said specifically "Introduction of Kryptonite Green metallic (175), replaces Universe Blue" while the guide possesses a color swatch for it. I'm not sure which way is right but a grain or two of salt might be justified until we get more information.
The other thing I've heard and generally observe to be true is that blue shades are quickest to degrade in intense sun climates. But even with that, the metallic blue was our first choice. Appreciate your perspective, however!You might be thankful for not going blue, those can show scratches much easier than white. But that depends on how picky you are about your paints finish.
As of today 10/28/2015 the GLA45 AMG configurator shows neither Universe Blue or the new green. Today I got a printout of my order scheduled for decade 12/01 in Elbait Green, code 175. (My dealer has never heard of Kryptonite Green code 175). I'm thinking that cars produced in September October November were available in Universe Blue, replaced by Elbait/Kryptonite Green starting in December. Perhaps to avoid confusion MB omitted both colors from the configurator until later in the model year.Universe Blue no longer shows up as a color choice.
I guess we all got "limited edition" GLAs then!