New Mercedes-Benz GLA: Latest spy pictures reveal SUV character

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An all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA is coming next year and it will be roomier and more upright (SUV like) than the current generation. New spy pictures courtesy of

The compact Mercedes-Benz model family has been almost completely renewed, but we are still waiting for a new GLA, a car that now shows itself to the outside world in a camouflage suit. In the new edition, everything changes. The slightly larger dimensions and wheelbase create measurably more space for the heads and legs of the passengers. The lower profile of the body will not be retained, though, as the new Mercedes GLA will be adopt more SUV-like proportions and a more generous ride height. The new GLA fills the crossover gap between the A-Class and the more SUV-like recently unveiled GLB.

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The GLA is based on the second generation of the MFA front-wheel drive modular architecture which brings a higher body rigidity, a weight loss, better aerodynamics and a lower noise level. Changes include two different rear suspensions (torsion beam and multilink), adjustable damper control, a more efficient nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a new touch screen user interface with dual 10,2-inch displays and the latest MBUX infotainment system.

The power spectrum remains broadly the same. While the entry-level diesel with 122 hp will cater to frugality, the new 2.0-liter turbo M139 AMG power plant in the GLA 45 AMG will offer as much as 421 hp. The range will include the following variants: GLA 200 powered by a 1.33-liter Renault sourced three cylinder turbo with 163 horsepower, the GLA 250 matted to a 2.0-liter four cylinder turbo expected to develop 224 hp and the base GLA 180 d 1.5-liter diesel, again from Renault, good for 116 hp.

Also firmly planned is a plug-in hybrid block rated at 80 kW / 109 hp. Even more economical will be the new four-cylinder gasoline engine (Series M 264) which benefits from the mild hybrid combination of an integrated starter generator (ISG) and small electric engine.