Are you ready for a pint-sized Mercedes GLK, or a pumped-up A? The German brand has just shown the first photos of its GLA compact SUV. Based on the A-Class chassis, the car clocks in at 4417mm length x 1804mm width x 1494mm height, with a footprint similar to the Subaru XV (4450mm x 1780mm).
Engine choices will range from 1.6 to 2.0-liter gasoline engines, from 156 to 211hp; and 2.2-liter diesels, from 136 to 170hp. Power goes through the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. 4MATIC all-wheel drive is optional, with a multi-disc clutch proportioning power between the front and rear axles. This allows the GLA to take on light “off-road” functions such as gravel and mild terrain. Hill descent control and off-road transmission mode are equipped on the 4MATIC.
The interior is similar to the A-Class’, with upper and lower sections done in aluminum and soft-touch plastics, and the five round air vents. A large display sits in the middle, surrounded by high-gloss piano black trim. Rear seats can split-fold to vary the cargo capacity from 421 to 836 liters.
The GLA expands Mercedes’ lineup to five, along with the ML, GL, GLK, and the inimitable G. GLA will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
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