Official sketch – First glimpse of the future Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLA shows up in the first ever official sketch. The next generation of the compact SUV, the company’s smallest so far, comes packed with the latest tech.

Mercedes is planning a significantly extended interior space, in order to comfortably accommodate passengers and luggage. And this comes despite the fact that the car will be 20 millimeters shorter. The wheelbase though, will be extended by approximately 30 millimeters.

For extra headroom, the SUV will grow in height by 100 millimeters. The rear seats will slide, a characteristic that has been specific to the class for years now, by 140 millimeters, to further increase the boot volume.

The first official sketch reveals that the GLA is carrying over several design details from its bigger brothers, the 7-seat GLB and the GLC.

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Onboard, the driver will benefit from the presence of the MBUX entertainment system, will hold the steering wheel with the two touch control pads and will enjoy finer surfaces.

The engine range will receive the unit developed by Daimler in partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a common presence in the Mercedes-Benz compact class. A 2.0-liter engine will also be present, while the output range of the gasoline engines will fall between 163 and 224 PS. For the diesel lovers, Mercedes will come up with the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine in two output variants: 150 and 190 PS. A plug-in variant, integrating a gasoline engine and an electric motor, will also make its way into the range. Mercedes has already confirmed that a AMG variants will be available later in 2020, sot those who want more power, should expect the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, with the latter also getting an S top-of-the range variant. There will be no electric variant, as the EQ family undertakes the responsibility of zero-emission driving.

The compact crossover is set to make its debut on December, 11th.