The European launch of the A-Class is only the beginning of Mercedes-Benz's attack in the compact car segment, as the hatchback will soon be followed by several other models, including the CLA four-door coupe (possibly as early as this January at the Detroit Motor Show), and a SUV version, likely to be called the GLA, in early 2014.
And it is a prototype of the GLA crossover that our scoop photographers nabbed testing in Germany this week.
At this point, we can’t say with certainty if what we see here outlines the final model or if it's a hybrid test mule that combines the body of the A-Class hatchback with parts from the production model for engineering purposes.
Mercedes-Benz's answer to the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque SUVs rides on a derivative of the MFA modular platform architecture that underpins the A-Class and the upcoming CLA saloon, with all the necessary changes made to give the GLA at least some off-road abilities.
We expect the junior SUV to be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations with a choice of manual (at least in Europe) and automatic transmissions, and a similar diesel and gasoline engine range as the new A-Class, topped by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol rated for 208hp (211PS).
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