First images of the Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept have been published on the Internet before its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013 (April 21- 29).
The Germans will present at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show the new Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept that anticipates an CUV built on the A Class MFA platform. The model takes all the classical features of a compact crossover based on a hatchback, including an inflated bonnet, an inclined windshield, big wheel bosses, large alloy wheels, large front grille and high ground clearance.
Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept – Engine & Release date
Under the bonnet of the new concept crossover we find a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine developing 208 horsepower and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). The engine is fitted with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.
The engine range of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover could be taken from its hatchback sibling. There are chances that the new model to be built entirely at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Hungary. The Hungarian plant of Mercedes-Benz is located in Kecskemet, being made from scratch from an investment of 800 million EUR, which created 2,500 jobs in the region and will produce 100,000 units per year.
In the first quarter of this year, Mercedes-Benz global sales increased by 3.5%, totaling 324,898 units. Meanwhile, the Audi global sales increased by 6.8%, while BMW increased by 7%. This situation might change in the future, Mercedes-Benz announcing trough its Head of Sales and Marketing – Joachim Schmidt, that the front-wheel drive model range will be the largest family from the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. This means more bodywork versions and even more models built on the MFA platform.
A series version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept is expected to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
“The Concept GLA marks a new approach for us in the compact SUV segment – this is a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle”, commented Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing. “The Concept GLA is a compact SUV that combines its sporting spirit with the all-round qualities of a tough, leisure-time companion. ‘Escape the everyday’ is the message that this car conveys to its driver. It also makes clear the further potential of our compact vehicle architecture, which provides the basis for the A- and B-Class models that led the German market in their respective segments in the first quarter of 2013.”
Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept Video
Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept via Mercedes-Benz