The new Mercedes-Benz GLA released the styling of a compact crossover
December 11, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will be officially launched. This information is confirmed by the company.
Design details revealed by the latest image are scarce, but we can see how the crossover’s rear styling will be heavily influenced by the A-Class hatchback on which it is based. Besides, the headlights are clearly modelled after those on the new GLB SUV.
Mercedes has revealed a few details for this new GLA. The roof of the GLA is 10 cm higher than the ground, so the headroom is raised and the seating position is upright compared to the larger SUV models. Legroom is said to have been improved as well, despite the model being 1.5cm shorter overall than the outgoing car.
The camouflage image of the new GLA when tested has revealed its compact interior.
Inside, the dashboard is set very similar to other new compact cars from the A-Class and Mercedes. In addition, there are round vent holes and double touch screens of MBUX system.
The new GLA will join Mercedes’ MFA platform-based range.
It also now sits below the GLB, the largest car on that platform and a new, fully fledged rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Audi Q2 and Ford Focus Active are the two competitors that GLA has to compete with. This is why this new car may be lower-profile, more like a car.
Mercedes has released a number of GLA specifications. However, it is more likely that it will be closely linked to the A-Class in terms of interior design and technology, engines and gearboxes. That means it will adopt Mercedes’ latest touchpad. Including voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system, alongside more advanced safety features and increased material quality.
The engine range will kick off with a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol unit developed in conjunction with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This will likely be available in two states of tune, while a 2.0-litre engine will top out the range for the time being. A 1.5-litre diesel will also be offered.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA will be produced alongside the A-Class at Mercedes’ factory in Rastatt, Germany. The A-Class will also serve as the basis of the EQA, an electric hatchback that’s scheduled to arrive next year.