A compact SUV for Mercedes-Benz?


The Shanghai Auto Show saw M-B reveal the GLA compact SUV concept.  The Mercedes-Benz GLA concept becomes the third A series model and the first baby SUV to take on the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3 and Audi Q3.

A Mercedes spokesman said the GLA – heavily based on the concept shown at Shanghai – goes into production next year and will be shown in production form later this year at the Frankfurt motor show.

GLA concept SUV.GLA concept SUV.

The SUV is based on the new A series which looks so much better than the snub-nosed previous A series.  The SUV is apparently based on the A250 hatch, the upcoming CLA sedan and the B-Series hatch – and will be available with the same petrol and diesel engines.  Measuring 4383 mm, the SUV is only slightly longer than the A-Class.

The GLA repeats the styling of the A250 and other models with a large twin-bar grille and swept-back headlights.  But it follows the A250 detail with coupe-style frameless doors, recessed door handles and wrap-around tail lights.  The headlights have laser technology that shine more light on the road than other lights and can also become projectors.

M-B expect that this SUV should also attract a younger age group to the brand, in much the same way as the new A-Class has.