New Mercedes-Benz GLA: Audi Q2 rival spied again

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

New images show exterior and interior of second-generation A-Class-based crossover ahead of debut in September

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spied testing again ahead of a likely debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with the interior of the compact crossover captured for the first time.

The second-generation GLA shares several styling details with the¬†A-Class¬†upon which it’s based, with the latest images showcasing how it will sit lower to the ground than the previous model.¬†The swollen rear haunches and profile unique to its siblings remain.¬†

The interior image shows that the dashboard is also set to¬†be very similar to that of the A-Class and Mercedes’ other new compact models, featuring rounded air vents and the twin touchscreens of the MBUX system.

The new GLA will join Mercedes’ MFA platform-based range alongside the A-Class¬†hatchback, A-Class¬†saloon,¬†CLA four-door coup√©, CLA Shooting Brake estate and B-Class¬†MPV.

It also now sits below the GLB, the largest car on that platform and a new, fully fledged rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. That leaves the GLA to compete with smaller compact crossovers such as the Audi Q2 and Ford Focus Active and is why it likely has a lower, more car-like profile.

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 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 will also be offered. 

Later on in the GLA’s lifespan, we expect to see a return of the AMG-tuned GLA 45, putting out anything up to 416bhp through a performance-focused four-wheel drive system. Before that arrives, there will be a 302bhp 35 variant, as is now available on the A-Class. 

The GLA¬†will be produced alongside the A-Class at Mercedes’ factory in Rastatt, Germany. The A-Class¬†will also serve as¬†the basis of the EQA, an electric hatchback that’s scheduled to¬†arrive next year.¬†

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Source: Autocar

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