2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Is An A-Class On The Inside As Well

Mercedes-Benz’s redesigned compact model family is almost complete but there’s still one model that hasn’t been unveiled yet.

We’re talking about the bodystyle that has the potential to become the best-selling nameplate of them all, the GLA compact crossover. Sure, the Mercedes-Benz GLB looks set to be a highly successful model as well, but the GLA might have the edge over its boxier sibling given that it should be cheaper.

We’ve already seen next-generation GLA prototypes during testing and the general impression is that we’re dealing with a jacked-up A-Class from a styling standpoint. That’s hardly surprising since the same was said about the first-generation GLA.

Now we’ve come across a new set of spy shots that give us the first look inside the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA, revealing the close connection to the A-Class. Basically, we’re looking at the same dashboard dominated by the MBUX infotainment system’s Widescreen Cockpit display.

The steering wheel is identical too, as are the turbine-style air vents and center console. Obviously, we should ignore the big screen located in front of the climate control area as it’s there for testing purposes only.

On the outside, the 2020 GLA continues to be completely covered in camouflage but that can’t disguise the fact that it will look very similar to the A-Class, bar the increased ride height and SUV-like elements. Expect more rugged details such as plastic cladding surrounding the wheel arches and the beefier bumpers, as well as skid plates under the bumpers.

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA should offer the same assortment of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines as the A-Class in Europe, including the new 1.3-liter petrol unit developed together with Renault. AMG-branded GLA 35 and GLA 45 versions should also become available with up to 302 hp and 416 hp, respectively.

Also read: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Rendered Like The Raised A-Class That It Is

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with sales likely to begin before the end of the year.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • SteersUright

    Yuck. Cant stand most of MB’s new design language inside and out. Outside, its a full jelly bean androgynous line-up with perhaps only a couple redeeming models (AMG GT, etc). Inside, its like the checkout counter at a trendy candy store with all their shiny lights and iPad cash registers sitting on the counter. There’s no beautiful design, smooth integration of the screens into some type of dash. It’s more Russian disco than the good German design it ought to be.

    • javier

      i like the c coupe and the euro a35 hatch, it’s hard to tell if this gla will match the A hatch closely like the last gen , very similar but with from an inch to 3in more lift. This one looks like a loaf of bread for some reason

  • ctk4949

    Look at all those fingerprints on the screen!! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

    • PK

      you can always wash it off lol

  • McFly

    Whatever happened to the former benchmark of interior design? The new Mercedes dashboards wouldn’t look classy even if they were made out of pure silver and lacquered ebony instead of plastic.

  • Nordschleife

    Mercedes Benz has like 5 interiors for 22 models. I do happen to like there current design but a little more differentiation would be nice.

  • no25

    who’s not surprised??? 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️

    • PK

      i was surprised! i was very very surprised!!!!

  • DaruniaG

    It is a good looking interior, and from a business perspective, i totally see why they do it.

  • Yavor

    Looks like a B class… why does Mercedes need 50000 models again? Why not have 10 or so, with more trim options inside and out???

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