In July, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche confirmed that Mercedes-Benz has green lighted the development of a new 'baby' SUV based on the new A-Class' MFA (Mercedes Front-Wheel Drive Architecture) hardware to slot right under the GLK, and now, we have the first photos of the German firm's prototype model.
While in some ways different from the A-Class in the sense that the car in these pictures rides higher and features much wider fenders and pronounced shoulders, it also sports a very similar body to the five-door hatchback, which point to a hybrid test mule and as such, the shape and styling is far from final.
Regardless of what the SUV variant of the A-Class (which is rumored to be named GLA) will look like, under the sheet metal, you will find a modified version of the MFA platform together with the same turbocharged diesel and petrol engine options available on the hatchback and in due time, the CLA four-door coupe.
Mercedes will probably offer the GLA in both front- and all-wheel drive and a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes, though in the U.S., the small SUV will likely come with the stronger petrol and possibly a single diesel option linked exclusively to automatic transmissions.
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