Concept's bold looks are dropped on Mercedes' Evoque rival

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.

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14 June 2013

Since all cars must now have SUV versions, this jacked-up A-Class is welcome.

3 July 2013

Am I the only one who think that the front reminds about the Mercedes-Benz Citan, a.k.a Renault Kangoo ? Im not really sold on mercedes "next generation" designers, the same story on the new S-class, it looks kinda odd in the front with those headlight and continous air intakes down under but at the rear and inside its is like heaven and way better than the old. Anybody else who can relate?

3 July 2013

Really good looking concept car, boring production car. Why do companies do it? "We can do something brilliant, but we are not going to sell it to you".

3 July 2013

No good on the road. No good off it. I'll take an Evoque please. It is better.

3 July 2013

Ray6O wrote:

I'll take an Evoque please. It is better.

The Evoque's crap.

3 July 2013

Ray60 wrote:

Ray6O wrote:

I'll take an Evoque please. It is better.

The Evoque's crap.

Yes, true, but only to the extent that it's better in any sense that matters than this GLA. You're right.

3 July 2013

Ray60 wrote:

Ray6O wrote:

I'll take an Evoque please. It is better.

The Evoque's crap.

Is it? Pretty much every review I have read states that it is an excellent car.  Love or loath the styling, I haven't read a bad review about the car.

3 July 2013

Its most obvious rival is the V40 cross country surely. Its a jacked up A class nota stand alone model...

3 July 2013

I think you are right my good friend, but I would bet that the V40 CC looks better than the production GLA, the front reminds me of the MB Citan, which is horrible... Im not really sold on MB's "next generation" designers....

12 July 2013

Would anyone buy this over an Evoque except the terminally stupid? Even German Power is wondering how to comment positively.


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