We know Mercedes-Benz is planning a new compact crossover based on the platform underpinning the CLA and to be labeled a GLA. We also know the vehicle is scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show on September 10. Now we have our first official look thanks to a teaser video and some design sketches.
This isn’t the GLA concept car we saw at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show but the production GLA set for a debut next month and due in showrooms towards the end of the year, as a 2014 model.
The video and sketches show a rugged vehicle that’s managed to maintain the svelte lines of the previous concept. They also show that the GLA will be one of the best-looking vehicles in its segment. Key competitors include the BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and upcoming Lincoln MKC.
We’ve also seen numerous prototypes, though these have been heavily camouflaged. Shots of the interior showed a layout virtually identical to that found in the CLA. Engines, too, are likely to be shared with the CLA so expect the GLA’s base engine to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A high-performance AMG model is also planned.
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