Mercedes has confirmed the arrival of a compact SUV based on the new A Class and B Class platform, likely to be the Mercedes GLA.
As we reported in May, there is going to be a Mercedes A Class SUV – which looks likely to be called the Mercedes GLA – offering a rival to cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 and built on the same platform as the new A and B Class.
Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed the GLA as on the way during a conference at the Mercedes plant in Rastatt to mark the start of the new A Class production. Zetsche said:
This start of production marks a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy. The A-Class represents our offensive in the compact segment.
The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt.
Which makes it pretty unequivocal that the A Class SUV is on the way to build on the success of the new A and B Class family.
Zetsche also revealed increased investment in the new range of a further €600 million and a third assembly shift at Rastatt starting in October to keep up with demand, demand that has already seen orders for 40,000 new A Class cars since sales were announced a month ago.