Spied! 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA Compact SUV

A-Class-based SUV Will Slot Below GLK

Oct 8, 2012
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been offered in Europe since 1997, but the brand has been characterized by having an all longitudinal/rear-drive lineup in the U.S. That's about to change, with the imminent introduction of the B-Class, as well as several other variations of its transverse MFA platform. One variation we're likely to see here is the GLA crossover, captured by our spy photo contributor in Germany.
Photo 2/6   |   2014 Mercedes Benz GLA Spyshot Front
Unlike the angular rear-drive GLK than mimics the style of the larger three-row GL full-size sport/utility, the GLA has decidedly low-slung styling and a high beltline reminiscent of the CLS four-door "coupe." Its relatively long nose shows some influence from BMW's recently introduced X1 crossover, but the front axle proportions and placement show its transverse/all-wheel-drive powertrain layout.
The GLA is expected to share the upcoming B-Class' lineup of four-cylinder turbocharged gas and diesel engines, including a possible AMG variant making more than 300 hp. With the GLK getting a Bluetec diesel option for 2013, there's a high probability that a diesel could be offered in the U.S. when the GLA arrives.
Photo 3/6   |   2014 Mercedes Benz GLA Spyshot Left Rear
Source: CarPix

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