Mercedes’ nomenclature has got confusing in recent years so it’s quite hard to pin down exactly what they’re likely to call a new car we know is coming but which isn’t yet official.
But it does now seem clear that the compact SUV we’ll see from Mercedes in 2013 – and based on the same platform as the new A and B Class – will be the Mercedes GLA.
On that basis Mercedes will be able to offer a compact SUV with the footprint of the new B Class – which will mean more space than most of the likely competition – and a choice of FWD or 4WD as we know the new Mercedes MFA Platform can already accommodate 4WD for the upcoming A Class AMG.
Expect engines to mirror what’s on offer in the new A and B Class, although whether Mercedes will go the whole hog and offer a GLA AMG with the 300+ bhp the A Class AMG will get we don’t know. But don’t bet against it.
The Mercedes GLA – which will almost certainly come to the UK, unlike the boxy GLK – won’t be the next model spawned by the new A/B Class (that honour goes to the Mercedes CLA) but it should arrive by mid-2013.