The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been teased, with the German carmaker releasing images of its silhouette. Its debut date is set for the 11th of December this year.
Details regarding the crossover’s design are scarce right now, but the silhouette shows that the new GLA is heavily influenced by the A-Class’s styling. The headlights (as far as can be seen) are modelled after the GLB.
The silhouette reveals that the new GLA takes its design after the A-Class and GLB.
The new GLA sits closer to the ground than its predecessor, although Mercedes says its roofline is 100mm higher off the ground than before. This facilitates more headroom and an enhanced seating position much like larger SUVs. Despite the new model being 15mm shorter than the old one, legroom is said to be improved by the German carmaker.
Mercedes-Benz will equip the upcoming compact SUV with its latest all-digital instrument and infotainment unit incorporated in a single screen spanning half the length of the dashboard. The same system features aboard the A-Class and its platform siblings. MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), as it is called, takes care of the entire electronic controls inside the cabin, from entertainment, connectivity, and climate control to diagnostics, crucial vehicle information, and a digital instrument cluster for the driver.
With the new GLA, Mercedes-Benz will have seven models underpinned by the MFA platform. Other models include the A-Class hatchback and saloon, CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLB, and B-Class MPV. The GLA slots in below the GLB (the largest car based on the MFA platform), going up against rivals like the Ford Focus Active and Audi Q2. The GLB will take on cars like Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
The current Mercedes-Benz GLA (X156) has been on sale since 2014, and it's high time it received a generation update.
Although no technical details of the upcoming GLA are available yet, it will likely offer the same choices of powertrains and transmissions as the A-Class. Interior design and technology will also be similar, which means the company will equip the SUV with advanced safety features and increased material quality.
The engine range could begin from a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol motor developed with Renault-Nissan. Topping the range will be a 2.0-litre inline-four geared towards performance. Once the GLA makes its debut, we can be sure a few of these will be taken to Affalterbach to develop a Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, producing up to 416hp. AWD will be available on the ‘45’ trim, while AMG will also roll out a 302-hp GLA 35 that might make do with RWD.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will come to the Middle East sometime next year.