While the publication doesn’t say when this will occur, they recently sampled a pre-production model and learned more about the upcoming crossover.
The GLA has always been on the small side, but the redesigned model will reportedly be 0.8 inches (20 mm) shorter than its predecessor. Despite this, the wheelbase will grow by 1.2 inches (30 mm) to 107.4 inches (2,729 mm). The latter change will benefit rear seat passengers who will find additional legroom.
Passengers will also find more headroom as the second-generation GLA will be approximately 3.9 inches (100 mm) taller than its predecessor. The extra height also has styling benefits as the model will look more like a crossover than an off-road inspired hatchback.
Engine options will be shared with other MFA-based models and reportedly include a 1.3-liter four-cylinder with 163 hp (122 kW / 165 PS). Petrol fans can also expect a 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 225 hp (168 kW / 228 PS).
On the diesel side, choices are slated to include an entry-level 1.5-liter with 114 hp (85 kW / 116 PS). There will also be two 2.0-liter units with outputs of 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 187 hp (139 kW / 190 PS).
Further down the road, we can expect a plug-in hybrid and a handful of AMG variants. The GLA 35 will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. The GLA 45 will also use a 2.0-liter engine, but it will be rated at 382 hp (285 kW / 387 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. Likewise, the GLA 45 S will have 415 hp (310 kW / 421 PS) and 368 lb-ft (498 Nm) of torque.