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.
Later on in the GLA’s lifespan, we expect to see a return of the AMG-tuned GLA 45 through a performance-focused four-wheel-drive system. Before that arrives, there will be a slightly less-powerful GLA 35 variant, as is now available on the A-class. The GLA will be produced alongside the A-class units 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.
There is no news on the India launch of the next-gen GLA. Instead, Mercedes-Benz is likely to bring the seven-seater GLB SUV here, which is a more practical alternative and a stronger rival to the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40.