2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA spy photographs

Mercedes-Benz is about to launch the 2020 GLB this summer season within the compact crossover SUV section, however the automaker is not going to drop its current possibility within the section, the GLA.

In actual fact, a redesign for the GLA is coming and we have simply noticed a prototype. It’s going to probably path the GLB by a couple of 12 months, that means we must always see it launched for the 2021 mannequin 12 months.

The spy photographs present the brand new GLA maintains the present mannequin’s hatch-like form to assist differentiate it from the boxier GLB. The GLA additionally has a a lot shorter wheelbase than the GLB.

Mercedes-Benz Idea GLB – 2019 Shanghai auto present

The trip top appears to be like to have been elevated in comparison with the present GLA, with the low stance being one of many greatest criticisms of the present mannequin. The tall, hatch-like design is supposed to enchantment to older patrons who respect autos which are straightforward to get out and in of, however aren’t searching for SUVs.

The brand new GLA relies on the identical MFA2 (Mercedes Entrance-drive Structure) because the lately launched A-Class and redesigned CLA and can characteristic turbo-Four engines, a dual-clutch transmission, and accessible all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid possibility will probably be supplied sooner or later as nicely.

The Mercedes-AMG division is prone to supply its personal variations of the GLA. These ought to embrace a brand new GLA35 with 302 horsepower and a repeat of the GLA45 with over 400 hp on faucet.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018

The MFA2-based vehicles additionally profit from a way more superior interface. Dubbed MBUX, quick for Mercedes-Benz Consumer Expertise, the brand new interface options digital screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, very like on the pricier E-Class and S-Class fashions. There’s additionally contact functionality for the infotainment display and you may additionally be capable of use pure speech to manage many automobile features.

Availability of the brand new GLA in the US is but to be confirmed. If introduced right here, we must always see it priced simply above the A-Class which begins at $33,495 for 2019.

Compact vehicles have confirmed to be large enterprise for Mercedes. Patrons snapped up 609,000 examples of Mercedes’ compacts in 2018, which accounted for 25 p.c of the automaker’s gross sales, and the quantity this 12 months is prone to be even greater because of the arrival of a redesigned vary, plus new entries.

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