Mercedes GLA is a new compact SUV that will go head-to-head with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 when it arrives in showrooms in late November.It’s based on the same modular MFA platform as the A-Class, but at 4,417mm by 1,804mm by 1,494mm, it’s dimensions are 125mm longer, 24mm wider and 61mm taller respectively than the hatch.
Boot size is also up on the A-Class - 80 litres larger, at 421 litres
- and its practicality can be enhanced by an optional Load compartment
package. This adds moving rear seatbacks, providing extra space for rear
passengers or luggage as required.
The GLA was first seen as a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show
earlier this year. While that model’s proportions weren’t particularly
outlandish – even for a concept – the production car is even more
conservative in terms of design. That’s particularly true in the most
basic, SE spec we saw at a studio in Sindelfingen, Germany, near
Mercedes’ HQ. First impressions are that the GLA seems more like a
pumped-up A-Class than a proper SUV.
It has a large, more rectangular grille than the hatch, with a big
Mercedes logo flanked by a pair of matt grey wings. The grey trim
continues on the lower half of the front bumper, encircling the air
intake, and at the rear, where it helps give the car width and draws
your attention to the chrome exhaust finishers.
There’s also rugged-looking grey plastic sill cladding to emphasise
the extra ground clearance. Sporty detailing includes twin bonnet ridges
similar to those on the SLK, while the tailgate opening runs through
the LED lights rather than around them. This neat practical touch gives a
wider boot opening than on the A-Class. For more details click here.
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