New images show exterior and interior of second-generation A-Class-based crossover ahead of debut in September
22 July 2019

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spied testing again ahead of a likely debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with the interior of the compact crossover captured for the first time.

The second-generation GLA shares several styling details with the A-Class upon which it's based, with the latest images showcasing how it will sit lower to the ground than the previous model. The swollen rear haunches and profile unique to its siblings remain. 

The interior image shows that the dashboard is also set to be very similar to that of the A-Class and Mercedes' other new compact models, featuring rounded air vents and the twin touchscreens of the MBUX system.

The new GLA will join Mercedes' MFA platform-based range alongside the A-Class hatchback, A-Class saloonCLA four-door coupé, CLA Shooting Brake estate and B-Class MPV.

It also now sits below the GLB, the largest car on that platform and a new, fully fledged rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. That leaves the GLA to compete with smaller compact crossovers such as the Audi Q2 and Ford Focus Active and is why it likely has a lower, more car-like profile.

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Although no technical details of the GLA have been released yet, we know it will be closely linked to the A-Class in terms of interior design and technology, engines and gearboxes. That means it will adopt Mercedes' latest touchpad and voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system, alongside more advanced safety features and increased material quality.

The engine range will kick off with a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol unit developed in conjunction with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This will likely be available in two states of tune, while a 2.0-litre engine will top out the range for the time being. A 1.5-litre diesel will also be offered. 

Later on in the GLA’s lifespan, we expect to see a return of the AMG-tuned GLA 45, putting out anything up to 416bhp through a performance-focused four-wheel drive system. Before that arrives, there will be a 302bhp 35 variant, as is now available on the A-Class

The GLA will be produced alongside the A-Class at Mercedes' factory in Rastatt, Germany. The A-Class will also serve as the basis of the EQA, an electric hatchback that's scheduled to arrive next year. 

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19 June 2019

As with the previous gen GLA, this new cars exterior should follow on to be distinct enough to be thought of as almost unrelated, to its hatchback cousin. Seems quite a bit more metal for not much more money and a greater "road presence" as well.

20 June 2019

Why make it look lower to the ground when this is supposed to be some kind of pseudo SUV crossover?

It looks even more like a hatchback than before, and too close to the A-class hatchback.

22 July 2019

i know the camouflage does hide a lot, but from the description that it will be lower, I think that the XCeed will make a better car in this category.

 

i am sure it will become the main challenger to the X2 especially at the entry level BMW prices.

As for Q2, still looks to much like an SUV to be really considered in this category. Almost a Supermini SUV like The countryman or Hyundai Kona.

 

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