The segment of the premium urban SUVs is growing rapidly, with the sales of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 growing each year. The GLA is Stuttgart’s answer to the Q3 and X1, and comes with some quite striking looks, which are clearly originated from the recently introduced A-Class. Although the GLA shares the same underpinnings as the A-Class and have an identical wheelbase, it has actually grown in every direction, resulting in 4383mm of length. MB’s new design language, as shown is the recent A and CLA-Class is evident with this concept car, which we suspect that even in its production form, will be looking fabulous.
Under the bonnet the company’s 2.0l turbo-four with 211hp, sent two all four wheels with the help of MB’s AWD system, the 4-Matic, and the 7G-DCT, a dual clutch automatic transmission. An interesting piece of technology that comes with the GLA Concept are the laser-beam projectors fitted in the headlights, which can be used to either, well, light up the road in front, or project pictures and films onto any surface. On top of that, two cameras are fitted in the front roof rail, which can be used to record some driving action.
The production version is expected to launch in the Frankfurt Motor Show the coming September. Also, various spy photos suggest that there will be an AMG version of the GLA, which will feature the M133 2.0l turbocharged four cylinder engine, that produces 360hp.
You can find MB’s full press release and photo gallery after the jump.
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