All-new Mercedes GLA grows up, goes electric

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The next Mercedes GLA, due in 2018, becomes more spacious and more mature, but retains an expressive design. An electric version will be avalaible since 2020 under the new Mercedes-EQA moniker.

The current GLA is so flat and cramped that it can actually be called GLA Coupé. Its successor becomes taller, more spacious, more SUV and more adult. It remains a conventional car with gasoline or diesel engine and front or all-wheel drive.

At the same time, the well-known sizes remain the same: while the entry-level diesel with 122 bhp is rather trimmed to congeniality, the 408 hp enhanced AMG power station is exceptionally well placed in the upper echelon of the compact segment.

The all-new GLA will offer alternative drive solutions in the Mercedes-EQA SUV, which is based on the modular platform for electric cars – of the EQ study, launched in October 2016. In other words, it gets a unique design with the typical recognition features of a zero-emission Mercedes.

The regular, five-seat GLA becomes more sporty while the E-drive model with a compact motor and aerodynamic underfloor ensures a significant plus in space. The model with 60 kWh battery and 150 kW strong E-engine is designed for 400 km range.

With an estimated 40,000 euros price, the EQA will be one of the most expensive models of the crossover series. If you want to save and manage with just under 100 kilometers of electric range, you can switch to a normal plug-in hybrid GLA with electrified rear axle.