The SUV version of the new A-Class – the Mercedes GLA – has been caught on video winter testing ahead of a likely debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Mercedes A-Class is now out in the wild, and this morning we had news of UK pricing for the new Mercedes CLA – the ‘Coupe’ A-Class – and now we have news of the next instalment of Mercedes’ A-Class adventure – the Mercedes GLA.
We had video back in December of the new Mercedes GLA, but this time the GLA is out playing in winter climes as it gets close to its first reveal.
The Mercedes GLA is the compact SUV based on the same underpinnings as the new A Class and CLA and gets a butch version of the A-Class body with the usual bolted-on rufty-tufty bits to make the GLA a proper little urban warrior.
We’re expecting Mercedes to offer at least some GLA models with 4WD (after all, the new A-Class will have 4WD, 4MATIC options) although the more prosaic models will feature smaller engines and front wheel drive.
We’re expecting the GLA to arrive with the same engine choices as the A-Class, which will mean a selection of power outputs for the 1.6 litre petrol and 2.1 litre diesel, although it’s not clear if Mercedes will think there’s a market for a performance version of the GLA in the guise of a GLA45 AMG.
We’re expecting to see a ‘concept’ version of the GLA arrive at the Shanghai Motor Show next month before the production version arrives at Frankfurt in September before going on sale in the UK and Europe in early 2014.