2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Mercedes’ smallest crossover yet is about to get a facelift

The Mercedes-Benz GLA was launched for the 2014 model year as the company’s smallest crossover to date. Sharing the same platform with the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA four-door coupe, it’s the SUV equivalent of the A-Class hatchback, which is why it’s wearing the "GLA" badge. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which were launched earlier on the market, the GLA slots below the GLC in the lineup. Powered by four-cylinder engines exclusively, the crossover is available with both gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe. In the U.S., however, only a gasoline mill is offered, alongside the beefed-up AMG version. The GLA received its mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the facelift is rather mild inside and out. Minor nips and tucks do little to change the vehicle’s overall appearance, while the cabin boasts new trim, upgraded technology, and some new features. Drivetrain-wise, the GLA carries over unchanged, which is a bit disappointing with a more powerful BMW X1 in showrooms. Of course, crossovers need to check more important boxes, and the GLA does that with the revised model, but will it be enough to give the X1 and Q3 a run for their money?

Find out in my review below and make sure you check out our photos of the Mercedes-Benz GLA from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

Off-road looks with on-road fun

Crossovers are vehicles designed to look like they can go off-road, but really be at their best on the road. Sure, some can do light off-roading, but realistically you won’t want to stray too far from the blacktop or the occasional bumpy gravel backroad.

To this end it’s not trivial to know which of these 4x4-aping high riders are best out on the open (and sometimes twisty) road, since it’s where they will spend most of their time. But don’t go thinking that they are on par with more conventional car shapes, because their higher center of gravity and usually higher mass will affect handling.

Safety is at the top of buyers’ lists these days, but what many don’t think about when browsing lists of cars rated with safety stars is that good, predictable road manners and sharp handling are one of the biggest safety features a car can have, since they allow the driver to avoid crashing in the first place.

And while crossovers may give occupants a feeling of extra safety when they’re on board, their poor road manners bring this into question.

Here’s a list of the 10 best handling high-riding vehicles ever made.

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The Best 2019 Luxury SUVs Under $40,000

The Best 2019 Luxury SUVs Under $40,000

Seven Luxury Crossovers For You To Choose From

Can you buy luxury for less than $40k? Consider these seven SUVs produced by companies who are focused on bringing better than average quality, more engaging driving characteristics, and better reliability than others. All of the SUVs here are residing in the compact SUV segment, but that shouldn’t deter you from choosing one of them as each one gives a unique take on what is basically the most popular segment today.

All of the crossovers listed here are of unibody construction, basically taking technology and the driving feel from smaller cars and adapting it for SUV/Crossover lovers. They are the pinnacle of compact SUV design.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

These rides should be no-brainer purchases if you’re on a budget

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

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Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

It’s one of eight new models based on the A-Class

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new A-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and set a new benchmark in the class. Sportier than ever and with features borrowed from the CLS, the new A-Class has the most luxurious interior in this segment and a range of powerful but also fuel-efficient engines. Not surprisingly, the Germans now want to take advantage of the new design and platform by creating another seven models, including a competitor for the BMW X2.

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Visual Comparison: 2019 Lexus UX vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Visual Comparison: 2019 Lexus UX vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Do you prefer the unapologetic aggression of the UX or the classy demeanor of the GLA?

Say what you will about Lexus’ penchant for swinging for the fences when it comes to the design of its cars. Some people like them while others don’t. But they draw attention, which, I suppose, is the whole point of it. You’ll likely feel the same about the Lexus UX, which hits dealerships here in the U.S. at the end of the year. When it does, the UX will compete against a number of crossovers, most notably the Mercedes GLA-Class. That said, there’s no better time than today to take a look at the design of both the UX and the GLA-Class to see which one is better.

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The Mercedes GLA is America's Least Satisfying Car in 2017

The Mercedes GLA is America’s Least Satisfying Car in 2017

That’s according to Consumer Reports

If you’re in the market for a Mercedes GLA this Christmas season, you might want to hold off on that purchase. Despite being produced by an automaker that’s known for its refinement, the GLA has been bestowed by Consumer Reports with the ignominious distinction of being America’s least satisfying car in 2017. The magazine used data from its Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with its own testing and reliability ratings to come to this conclusion. It’s not a good look for the GLA, but it’s also far from the only model that made it to CR’s list of 10 least satisfying vehicles in the country.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Early prototype of the next-gen A-Class on stilts was caught in the wild

The Mercedes GLA is the toddler of Mercedes lineup, with the first model being introduced as a concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show with the production model following shortly after at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a 2014 model. With only three years on the market, Mercedes debuted a facelifted model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model, which will last until late 2019 when Mercedes is set to debut the crossover’s second generation. The order books for the facelifted, first-gen model haven’t even opened yet, and it’s clear that Mercedes isn’t wasting any time as we’re looking at a fresh set of photos that show an early example of the second-gen prototype getting its play on in the snow. This prototype is clearly in the embryonic stage of development and is covered in heavy camo all the way around, decoy lights in the front and rear, and some heavy padding, but that’s not enough to conceal the fact that the prototype has a slightly wider track and a little extra ride height. It’s also sporting bigger wheels than what’s offered as standard on the current GLA and should share its platform with the Mercedes A-Class.

There isn’t much else known about the upcoming, second-gen GLA but as is the case with the current A-Class and GLA-Class duo, it should carry a similar design to the next-gen A-Class and use a majority of the same engines and transmissions too. But, with its debut scheduled for late 2019 at the earliest, there’s still plenty of time for things to change. In the meantime, let’s take a good look at this first round of spy shots, talk about what we can see, and make a few predictions while we’re at it. Grab a hot cup of joe and join me a little farther down the page to get to it.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes’ smallest crossover yet is about to get a facelift

The Mercedes-Benz GLA was launched for the 2014 model year as the company’s smallest crossover to date. Sharing the same platform with the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA four-door coupe, it’s the SUV equivalent of the A-Class hatchback, which is why it’s wearing the "GLA" badge. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which were launched earlier on the market, the GLA slots below the GLC in the lineup. Powered by four-cylinder engines exclusively, the crossover is available with both gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe. In the U.S., however, only a gasoline mill is offered, alongside the beefed-up AMG version. The GLA received its mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the facelift is rather mild inside and out. Minor nips and tucks do little to change the vehicle’s overall appearance, while the cabin boasts new trim, upgraded technology, and some new features. Drivetrain-wise, the GLA carries over unchanged, which is a bit disappointing with a more powerful BMW X1 in showrooms. Of course, crossovers need to check more important boxes, and the GLA does that with the revised model, but will it be enough to give the X1 and Q3 a run for their money?

Find out in my review below and make sure you check out our photos of the Mercedes-Benz GLA from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

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Dress Up Your CLA And GLA Models With The AMG Performance Studio Package

Dress Up Your CLA And GLA Models With The AMG Performance Studio Package

New styling options abound with this package

For all of the attention that the Mercedes CLA-Class and GLA-Class received during their respective launches, the two models have more than lived up to the hype, becoming Mercedes-Benz’s two-best selling models in no time. The popularity of both models is now being rewarded in the form of the AMG Performance Studio Package that Mercedes is introducing at the Detroit Auto Show for both the CLA and GLA.
The upgrades included in the new package are most of the cosmetic variety, but they do help enhance the sporty appearance of the CLA and GLA, specifically those models offered in either Night Black or Cosmos Black paint finishes. One of the more prominent features included in the package is the Matte Graphite Grey sport stripes, which adds not only adds a racing look to the coupe crossover, but more importantly, it also sets the model apart from the standard models.

Toss in a few more cosmetic components like yellow highlights to the front bumper, mirrors, side first, and rear diffuser and a new set of matte black light alloy wheels with its own yellow accents and you have a package that succeeds in elevating the stylish appeal of both the GLA and the CLA.

Interior upgrades area also included in the AMG Performance Studio Package. True to its theme, yellow accents are the prevailing theme in the cabin, including splashes of the color on the seats, dashboard, and door panels.

The package does come at a cost, but Mercedes has yet to say the price tag. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to get a hold of the numbers as the German automaker plans to offer the AMG Performance Studio Package once the updated GLA hits the market later this year.

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Updated Mercedes GLA and AMG GLA45 Get New Features; Design Almost Unchanged

Updated Mercedes GLA and AMG GLA45 Get New Features; Design Almost Unchanged

Engines carry over unchanged too

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLA has reached the point where it receives a facelift, and the 2017 Detroit Auto Show has given us a first look at the upgrades. Not surprisingly, the facelift comprises mild nips and tucks inside and out, which make the GLA a rather bland debut among all those brand-new or redesigned vehicles displayed at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

But that’s not to say the upgraded GLA is disappointing. Although design enhancements are limited to revised bumpers with larger intakes and new diffusers (alongside a more rugged appearance for non-AMG models), the cabin brings a few more updates. For starters, buyers will find more chrome trim for a more upscale look, a new instrument cluster, and a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The rearview camera is also standard, while the Parking Assist Package includes a surround-view camera. Mercedes-Benz also added hands-free access to the trunk as an option. The AMG GLA45 gets all of the above plus carbon-like dashboard trim and A/C vents that can be keyed to the color of the seat upholstery.

Nothing’s new under the hood though, with the GLA250 using the same turbocharger, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, the same version will be sold with 4Matic, the company’s all-wheel drive system. Moving over to the AMG model, the beefed-up four-banger also remained unaltered at 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of twist, but this isn’t surprising given that the engine was updated for 2016.

Finally, the update brings a new AMG Performance Studio Package that allows AMG GLA45 buyers to add yellow trim and accents inside and own, a large wing atop the tailgate, and matte Graphite Grey decals above the side skirts. Crossovers using this package can be had in either Night Black or Cosmos Black for a strong contrast with the yellow accents on the bumpers, side skirts, rear wing, and rims. You can find more information on this package here.

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2015 Mercedes GLA 250 - Driven

2015 Mercedes GLA 250 - Driven

There’s no mistaking this new premium crossover for anything but a Mercedes product: the grille and distinctive prominent hood see nicely to that. That’s a good thing for the GLA 250, because the premium compact crossover market is getting kind of crowded.

I’ve always liked compact SUVs, and the cars that evolved over the years into compact crossover vehicles. Cars like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Suzuki Sidekick/Vitara developed a blend of multi-purpose usefulness, reasonably entertaining driving dynamics and just a touch of bad-weather confidence that made them excellent all-around companions. The past few years have seen BMW, Audi, Lincoln, Buick and others send new offerings into the segment, and Mercedes introduced the GLA-Class just over a year ago to answer that challenge.

There’s a fairly specific approach that Mercedes takes to its vehicles, with reasonably consistent results. I spent a week with the 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 to see if it lived up to the high expectations invoked by the three-pointed star on the grille.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG - Driven

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG - Driven

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is very fresh on the market, with 2014 being its first production year and with 2015 models just beginning to roll into showrooms. The GLA comes in a variety of forms for different markets around the world, including a diesel-powered version. Here in the States, we’re left with only two iterations of this compact SUV: the GLA 250 4MATIC and the GLA 45 AMG.

The little terror you see above is that GLA 45 AMG – a 2015 model to be exact — and this monster is about the furthest thing from an SUV. Sure it’s got a moderate ride height and all-wheel drive, but that’s just the sheepish covering over this sinister wolf.

This villain packs a 355-horsepower punch under its hood thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder packing 26.1 pounds of boost from its twin-scroll turbocharger. A seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission provides lightning-quick shifts while the sport exhaust burbles, pops, and cracks at every opportunity. The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system employs torque vectoring to keep the Continental tires biting the pavement and the speed-sensitive steering keeps everything pointed in the right direction.

I recently spent a week getting to know the GLA 45 AMG and its bad-boy characteristics. It turned heads and perked ears everywhere it went, calling attention to itself like a narcissistic super genius — and perhaps rightfully so, because it somehow morphed itself from an SUV into a hot hatch.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

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*TopSpeed Exclusive* Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Spied

*TopSpeed Exclusive* Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Spied

Mercedes just released its sporty and dynamic CLA here in the states. As smaller version of a CLS-style “four-door coupe” the CLA has been dominating the market with its stunning exterior and equally attractive price. Well it seems the Mercedes is upping the CLA game with a new “Shooting Brake” five-door version. We have exclusive images of what appears to be a CLA Shooting Brake undergoing testing.

Not only is the camo-covered car out on public roads, Mercedes is testing its towing abilities. These spy shots show the car is wearing some heaving cladding to hide what looks to be some small front bumper changes, and of course, most of the rear end. The large wheels makes us want to believe that this model is an AMG unit, but seeing as the car is tow-testing, we would assume there is a diesel engine hiding under the bonnet. Likely the 168 horsepower unit from the Euro-spec CLA 220 CDI.

Obviously, the details on this machine are slim to be certain, but we at least now have rolling proof that Mercedes is preparing a long roof version of its stylish new four-door.

As always, keep it locked here on TopSpeed.com for all the details as we get them.

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Mercedes-Benz USA Fears It Won't Get As Many GLAs As Needed

Mercedes-Benz USA Fears It Won’t Get As Many GLAs As Needed

Mercedes-Benz USA has a potential problem on its hands with the 2015 GLA-Class. No, it’s not the kind of problem that can spell doom and gloom for the new crossover itself. It’s the kind of problem that spells doom and gloom for U.S. customers of the GLA-Class. That’s because the supply of GLA models headed to the U.S. could be scarcer than anybody expected.

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon lamented on the potential dearth of GLA models headed stateside, telling Auto News that demand in other markets could cut off the allocation of the compact crossover in the U.S. Demand for the GLA-Class in China, for example, is as strong, maybe even stronger than the U.S. Even sales in Europe have rebounded to the point that models Mercedes-Benz USA usually receives from its European counterpart aren’t arriving this year.

All that points to the GLA being even scarcer than the CLA-Class compact sedan that went on sale in the U.S. last year. So if you were planning on buying the GLA-Class, it might be best to be that early bird that gets the worm. Otherwise, you might end up losing out on the GLA-Class when sales begin here in September 2014 for the GLA250 4MATIC.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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.

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced that the all-new GLA-Class will be put on sale at a starting price of $32,225, while when equipped with the 4MATIC system, the price will raise to $34,225.

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Video: Mercedes Uses Mario To Promote Its New GLA-Class

Video: Mercedes Uses Mario To Promote Its New GLA-Class

Mercedes has a history of enlisting famous celebrities to endorse its products. But none of them are anywhere close to awesome as the man the company tapped to promote the new GLA-Class. He may just be a plumber-by-trade, but this endorser is also a mushroom-stompin’, fireball-spewin’, Yoshi-ridin’, Princess Peach-savin’ bad-ass, the kind you wouldn’t want to mess with when he’s behind the wheel of a GLA-Class.

He is Mario, ladies and gentlemen and he’s coming for us all.

The new GLA-Class commercial featuring Mario is as different as it gets for an automaker. Last I played the game, I didn’t know that the Mercedes crossover could to run over mushrooms and jump over castles. Then again, last I remember, Mario was a tad bit pudgier than the overall-wearing dude that stepped out of the GLA. So we guess this is a bit of a dramatization...

But hey, Mario riding the GLA-Class. That’s how you tap into the child in all of us, Mercedes. And a 1-up for creativity...

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2015 Mercedes GLA-Class By Brabus

2015 Mercedes GLA-Class By Brabus

The media and prospective buyers have given Mercedes’ new compact crossover — the GLA-Class — a lot of attention lately. And whenever there’s a new Mercedes like the GLA-Class, one can expect Brabus to start work on a tuning program for it. Like its past projects on other Mercedes vehicles, Brabus understands how to turn up the heat with its aftermarket programs. In this particular case, Brabus not only brings out the GLA-Class’ untapped performance credentials, but does so while looking classy and luxurious.

It’s hard not to love the GLA-Class, especially when an aftermarket company like Brabus gets its hands on it. The strikingly designed exterior that carries distinctive highlights showcases a GLA-Class that looks as comfortable in city streets as it is taking on some light off-road duties.

And don’t forget, Brabus always pays premium importance on giving its programs hefty performance increases and the GLA-Class is no different. Think the GLA-Class’ standard 208 horsepower is enough for Brabus?

Think again, fellas. Think again.

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2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG

2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Merc’s high-performance hatchback rides higher!

Unveiled in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the company’s smallest crossover yet and shares underpinnings with the A-Class hatchback. Much like al Mercedes-Benz vehicles, it received its very own AMG version. Previewed by a concept car in 2013, the production model arrived in 2014 with the same engine as the awesome Mercedes A45 AMG hatch. The GLA45 joined a new niche in the compact luxury market, introduced by Audi with the RS Q3 a year before. As of 2017, the much rumored M version of the BMW X1 has yet to arrive, leaving only Mercedes-Benz and Audi to battle for supremacy in this segment.

Unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the Mercedes GLA45 AMG went on sale as the Edition 1, a promotional version fitted with high-gloss black Aerodynamics package with larger front splitter, additional flics in the front apron, and rear aerofoil. This model was available for only one year on the market, but it was quickly joined by the regular variant. A facelift was rolled out in 2017, only a few months after Mercedes-Benz unveiled the updated GLA.

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Video: Georgia May Jagger Becomes the Face of the Mercedes-Benz GLA

Video: Georgia May Jagger Becomes the Face of the Mercedes-Benz GLA

As you probably know, the way you present a product oftentimes leads to better sales than the quality if the product itself. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Mercedes picked model Georgia May Jagger to be the face for its new Mercedes GLA crossover.

Yes, you guessed it: Georgia is the daughter of Mick Jagger — the lead vocalist and the founding member of The Rolling Stones. Georgia stars in Mercedes’ latest commercial named "Always Restless," where she appears lounging on the GLA’s sunroof in a dark, neon-lit cityscape.

We’re not sure what’s her connection with the Panda riding in the driver’s seat, but anyway, commercials aren’t supposed to be understood every time, they just need to entertain you and make you buy the product.

Of course, we are not sure if Georgia or her stunning palm-print mini skirt will help Mercedes boost sales for the upcoming GLA, but the company will found out if it worth paying for this commercial when the GLA hits the market in the spring of 2014.

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2013 Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Concept

2013 Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Concept

Along with the mighty SLS Final Edition, Mercedes is also displaying a bad-ass GLA concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the GLA 45 AMG Concept car, this sweet compact crossover previews a new high-performance SUV coming from Germany.

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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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Edition 1

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Edition 1

It seems that a lot of Mercedes’ new models are getting the "Edition 1" treatment these days.

The German automaker already rolled out limited-run models of the A45 AMG, the S-Class, and the CLA-Class bearing that designation and now, the new GLA-Class is following suit.

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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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Caught Lapping Nurburgring

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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2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

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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Spy shots: Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Caught Testing at Nurburgring

This is the second time that Mercedes has taken its baby performance SUV out for a testing session. Instead of hitting the cold weather with the GLA 45 AMG, like the first time we caught it, Mercedes took it for an extreme test at Nürburgring in Germany.

The next GLA 45 AMG will be based on the same platform as the new-generation A-Class and will be offered with the same engine as the CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet.

Unlike the standard GLA-Class, the AMG version will feature a more aggressive look with dual exhaust pipes, bigger wheels and cross-drilled brakes – pretty standard stuff for the AMG lineup.

The standard GLA-Class is expected to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the AMG version to follow few months after.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes GLA Caught Testing Again

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.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes GLA Testing on Public Roads

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.

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