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Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept: First Official Photos of Compact Crossover

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With only three days left for the grand opening of the Auto China 2013 in Shanghai this Saturday (April 20, 2013), the first official images of the Mercedes-Benz GLA compact crossover concept have made their way onto the web.

The study is fairly close to the actual production model that Mercedes will reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year, before it goes on sale worldwide in the first half of 2014.

The A-Class-based premium crossover is 4.38 meters (172.4 inches) long, 1.97 meters (77.6 inches) wide and 1.57 meters (61.8 inches) tall, which makes its slightly bigger than the hatch in all dimensions, while riding on the same 2.69mm wheelbase.

It features a more rugged appearance than the regular hatch with all the usual styling cues one expects from a modern-day crossover like the roof rails, protection plates under the bumpers and wheel arch moldings and then some more, including 20-inch alloy wheels in tires size 255/45 R20.

Inside, the GLA borrows the dashboard and other interior parts from the A-Class adding bespoke trim and materials, and a unique instrument panel. Needless to say, the appearance of the production version will be toned down.

Beneath the skin, you will find the underpinnings of the A-Class updated with a different suspension, but the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol from the A250 that produces 208hp (211PS). A seven-speed dual-clutch 7G-DCT transmission feeds Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The production model will be offered with more engine options, including a range-topping 2.0-liter turbo'd four with well over 300-horses for the GLA 45 AMG.

Photos: Mercedes-Benz via Unternehmen-heute


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17 Comments:

Noi said... »April 17, 2013

Love the design, so much fresh and better that the x4

Car_Guy1 said... »April 17, 2013

The concept works much better on the Merc then on the BMW, I like

lukas said... »April 17, 2013

There is no what to compare the x4 design with GLA, because are it two types of the car body. more from X1 but certainly the mercedes GLA is a few years behind bmw with the premiere of this type crossover.

AudiMan2012 said... »April 17, 2013

Better than bmw x4?! It must be a joke...

Jaco Hattingh said... »April 17, 2013

Oh crap... This or X4... Nooooo! What will I choose???

CepCep said... »April 17, 2013

Yeah this is a Volvo S60 crossover

noi said... »April 17, 2013

I like X4, but it's noting new. Just a baby x6

and for the concept car, arn't they try too hard to pls the ching chong. The blue and the shiny chrome so so ching ching chong

cashifyer said... »April 17, 2013

why do Benz make so ugly front lights?
the A-class light is huge and ugly, the CLA could be better... and this one.. UGHHH


Also BMW lost its way..


Audi changed the game, and are the leaders, but starts to make it too square lately

chippers said... »April 17, 2013

i don't find this quite as nauseating as the X4 but i wish this entire segment would die

Dustin said... »April 17, 2013

Love it!


The front end is so well done - something that can rarely be said of a new Benz, IMO. The new upright structure works so much better on an SUV than their cars, while the styling is more reminiscent of their cars than the newer, less-attractive SUVs. It's like they finally found the styling mojo here. Even reminds me a bit of the original GL and SLK models.


Then the rear is similar to the new A-class, which is perfect.

Alex said... »April 17, 2013

The problem with Merc's recent design is that it will not age well, unlike BMW, Lexus and Audi.

Alex said... »April 17, 2013

..suicide LOL

Nurburgring said... »April 17, 2013

they are cheapening the brand with these impractical fail wheel drive crossovers...as if the CLA was not ugly enough...

bob said... »April 17, 2013

You can easily put a peugeot grill on the front.

Jeff said... »April 18, 2013

Oh yes, the front lights and drooping rear on the Lexus IS will age so gracefully. As will the tight snout nose of the new 3-series. All of these brands are trying to bring in more expressive language to differentiate themselves now, because it's one of the last differentiators. Yet ironically, the more character lines, bulges and folds they design into their cars, the more they look the same. Funny how that works.


That said, I don't mind them one bit on this Mercedes. I think the car looks so much more premium and resolved with the sweeping curves on the side, hood and rear than say the camouflaged prototypes running around Stuttgart. People who wish this segment would die have either never driven a new premium crossover, don't live in a northern climate where AWD really does make a difference over snow tires alone, or don't have real people's needs to haul stuff around. It sounds pretty snobbish and lame to just trash the whole segment. If it didn't sell, I'd get the sentiment. But the carmakers are meeting a need in the most elegant way possible, and I'm definitely impressed by Mercedes here. I assume pricing will start in the mid thirties up to mid forties judging by the CLA, and if so they're undercutting range rover by ten grand. I'd rather drive this than an Evoque, and I like the Evoque.

CoolGuy said... »April 18, 2013

got the design from an Infiniti FX

Mike said... »April 18, 2013

Man, that's a small car with a 2.69 millimeter wheelbase hehe

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