Earlier today the Mercedes PR chaps revealed a short teaser video of their upcoming GLA SUV. But we aren’t going to faff about with that, because we’ve got official pictures of their new baby SUV ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show!
Welcome, people of the Internet – mothers mainly – to the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s Mercedes’ rival to the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and a range of other tough looking, high(er) riding hatchbacks which in reality couldn’t really conquer anything more challenging than a mildly moist field.
Mercedes’ GLA is based on the same basic platform used by the A Class hatchback and CLA four door coupe, so naturally it shares chassis components, engines and various other bits with its lower slung siblings. In terms of size the GLA is a wee bit longer and taller than the similarly shaped A Class.
The similarities continue inside, too, because the GLA’s interior will appear freakishly familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a Mercedes A Class – the interiors are essentially identical. Only the slightly higher seating position of the GLA would tell passengers they’re sitting in an SUV rather than Mercedes’ premium hatchback. If we’re honest, we reckon the interior is a bit of a let down, surely Mercedes could have made it look a bit more, er, unlike the A and CLA whose interiors are also identical to each other… Too much samey-ness makes us bored.
No technical specifications have been revealed as of yet, but you can expect to see the same range of engines found in the A Class with both petrol and diesel offerings hooked up to 7-speed dual clutch transmissions driving the front wheels. Perhaps an all wheel drive version will sit at the top of the range to give the GLA at least a smidge of off road capability as well. What’s more, a maniacal GLA45 AMG version with 355hp could also appear at some stage, you’d have to be a complete window-licking nutcase to buy one of those, though.
The Mercedes GLA will be officially unveiled at next months Frankfurt Motor Show, so stay tuned for more updates regarding engine offerings and pricing.
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)