Mercedes-Benz will add yet another model to its compact line-up in the form of the new GLA, which will debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The new GLA’s styling is expected to be sharing styling details with the A-class upon which it's based, but the swollen rear haunches and profile unique to its siblings will remain. The second-generation GLA will join Mercedes' MFA platform-based range alongside the A-class hatchback, A-class sedan, CLA four-door coupé, CLA Shooting Brake estate, the recently unveiled GLB SUV and B-class MPV.
Although no technical details of the GLA have been released yet, we know it will be closely linked to the A-class in terms of interior design and technology, engines and gearboxes. That means it will adopt Mercedes' latest touchpad and voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system, alongside more advanced safety features and increased material quality.
The GLA’s global engine range will kick off with a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol unit developed in conjunction with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This will likely be available in two states of tune, while a 2.0-litre engine will top out the range for the time being. A 1.5-litre diesel motor will also be offered.
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