In April this year, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept GLA, the German carmaker's would-be entry in the highly competitive compact premium SUV segment where the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 await. Four months later, the concept vehicle has been promoted to production status. Yes, what you see here is the final version of the all-new GLA-Class.
Measuring 4,417mm long, 1,804mm wide and 1,494mm tall, the GLA will derive power from a selection of two gasoline engines (1.6- and 2.0-liter; 156hp and 211hp) and two diesel units (both 2.2-liter; 136hp/300Nm and 170hp/350Nm).
"With the compact GLA, we add a fifth attractive SUV variant to the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio in this constantly growing segment," said Mercedes-Benz executive vice president for sales and marketing Dr. Joachim Schmidt. "The GLA impresses mainly with its progressive character and agile handling. So I am very confident that the GLA, with its fascinating design and high everyday practicality, will fill many new customers with enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz brand."
The new GLA-Class will premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with orders to be taken by late November.