The GLA uses Mercedes' MFA architecture...
... which underpins the A-class, B-class and CLA
It's likely to be offered with a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines
The interior is considerably more restrained than that seen in the concept
A GLA45 AMG model, with a 335bhp engine, is likely to be offered later
The GLA45 AMG will be four-wheel drive
It's thought that prices will start at around £25,000
The finished production car is expected to be displayed towards the end of the year...
... or early next year at the Detroit motor show
The GLA is described as a “a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle”
The GLA will feature Mercedes' COMAND media system
Myriad familiar Mercedes design elements are present
Front-wheel drive will be standard on most models
The styling of the car was notably toned down, compared to the concept, in these previous spy shots
A panoramic glass roof is visible
The GLA is based on a higher A-class platform
Rear lights have seen some design attention
The Mercedes GLA has lost its thick plastic camouflage
The GLA is due on sale next year
Insiders have said that the Concept's styling was "exaggerated"
Previously, this test mule was spotted at the Nürburgring
The Concept GLA was well received on its debut at the Shanghai motor show in April
The GLA does still sport a sleeker, more rounded body than other SUVs
The model is designed to be Mercedes’ answer to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque
The Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spotted in a less disguised form ahead of its 2014 reveal.
Previously, a heavily camouflaged version of the car had been seen undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. Later, the car was spotted with less camouflage and clearly featured more subtle styling than the outlandish Concept GLA.
The Concept GLA was well received on its debut at the Shanghai motor show in April. But, at the time, insiders said the styling was “exaggerated” and it would be given a more conventional look inspired by the A-class. These latest shots further confirm that the styling has been altered.
Although the flared surfaces of the concept have been toned down, the production GLA does still sport a sleeker, more rounded body than other SUVs in the Mercedes line-up. The model is designed to be Mercedes’ answer to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque.
The GLA is underpinned by the same front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive MFA architecture used by the A-class, B-class and CLA. The concept’s dimensions of 4383mm long, 1978mm wide and 1579mm high, with a wheelbase of 2699mm, are representative of the production car.
Four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are likely to be cherry-picked from the A-class range, just as Mercedes UK has done with the CLA. A GLA45 AMG model will crown the range, this all-wheel-drive version being powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 335bhp.
Find out more about the Concept GLA in our video here.