The GLA-Class is Mercedes-Benz compact crossover SUV that is set to launch in late-2013. It is based on the same architecture as the A-Class and is anticipated to carry the same drivetrain. It is prepared to debut in concept form at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
The concept is powered by the same AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in some of its closest relatives, like CLA 45 AMG or A45 AMG . This petite powerhouse puts 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque into an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission. This combination teams up to deliver a stellar 0-to-60 mph sprint time of under 5 seconds and a thrifty 33 mpg.
Lest you believe that Mercedes would stop at the engine, it also installed the staple AMG body kit to help give the crossover some aesthetic credentials to go along with its peppy four-pot. This kit includes an AMG front apron with a large front splitter, and large air intakes, a "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, and around back, a set of black roof rails and a large rooftop spoiler.
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The German automaker’s new compact crossover will carry a host of exclusive offerings that will be available only for 12 months beginning this November. Among the features include a choice of four color schemes — Cirrus White, Mountain Grey Metallic, Orient Brown Metallic and Designo Magno Mountingrau — bi-xenon headlights, aluminum inserts, brushed stainless-steel sport pedals, upgraded sets and a set of 19-inch, five-spoke AMG black alloy wheels. The exclusive offerings for the GLA-Class Edition 1 are relatively subdued, although we have no idea what the "Designo Magno Mountingrau" color scheme is going to look like, which should make for a nice and pleasant surprise when the models are released.
That being said, the GLA-Class Edition 1 accomplishes what it sets out to achieve: build a special run for this crossover that only those quick enough to pick up can have. For the treat of doing so, customers will have to tack on an extra &euro6,307, which is around $8,370 based on current exchange rates.
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Last week, Mercedes released the GLA250 to its U.S. customers, but we still have yet to get an undisguised look at the upcoming GLA 45 AMG . Since Mercedes decided to leave us in the dark on the powerful crossover, our spy photographers decided to hang out at Nϋrburgring Nordschleife in an attempt to catch the crossover lapping the famed course.
Well, their diligence paid off, as they managed to catch the GLA 45 AMG doing a few hot laps around Nϋrburgring. The AMG variant will, of course, feature the same basic shape as the standard GLA250, but with plenty of aggressive styling additions to give the GLA-Class a sportier look.
Under its hood, we expect the GLA 45 AMG to carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 350 to 360 horsepower on tap. We also assume the that AMG variant of this sporty crossover will carry the same transmission as the GLA250 with standard 4MATI all-wheel drive.
We anticipate the GLA 45 AMG coming in around €50,000 ($66,795) in Europe, but we’re not too sure if it will make its way across the pond to U.S. showrooms.
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At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept — the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .
The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class . From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.
On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.
Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.
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The Mercedes G-Class has had a very long history in the automotive industry. Currently the model comes in four versions: G, GL, ML and GLK. Starting 2014, however, a fifth version will be added to the lineup. Called the GLA, the new model will be an SUV coupe.
The Mercedes GLA will be built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines, as found in the next A and B-Classes. The production version of the GLA will also borrow lots of its design elements from the sameA-Class that inspired it, but of course with an increased ride height.
Updated 04/18/2013: After the first images surfaced on the Internet the other day, Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLA Concept set to be unveiled at the 2013 Auto Shanghai motor show on April 21st.
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Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming Mercedes GLA testing once again. This time it was caught during cold weather testing in Northern Europe. The prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but we can see a few more design details.
It is clear that the next GLA will look a lot like the A-Class upon first glance, but with a much beefier and muscular front end, plus a much shallower rake on the rear window that follows the latest coupe-look trend. The next GLA will also have a higher ride, and looks rounder, when compared to the GLK .
The GLA will be built on the same MFA platform (Mercedes Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture) as the recently revealed A-Class and B-Class , and will be available in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions. Under the hood the GLA will borrow powerplants and transmissions from the A-Class, including the four-cylinder gasoline and diesel options.
The new Mercedes GLA will go on sale sometime in 2014.
This is the second time we have caught the upcoming Mercedes GLA testing, but it is the first time it has been caught testing on public roads. As you can see, this prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but it is not very difficult to figure out that we are looking at the new Mercedes baby SUV.
At first glance, you may think this prototype looks a lot like the A-Class, but upon closer inspection you will notice a beefier and more muscular front end, a more sloped rear window, and, of course, the higher ride height. Also, when compared to the boxy GLK , this GLA has a much rounder body.
The next GLA will be built on the same platform (MFA= Mercedes Front-Wheel Drive Architecture) as the A-Class and the B-Class , and will be offered in both front-wheel four-wheel drive. Under the hood we will see the same engine lineup that the A-Class features, meaning a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Expect the GLA to hit a showroom sometime in 2014.