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.
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.