Mercedes Benz Plans on Launching a Production Version of the GLA Concept
|   Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mercedes Benz is considering bringing a production version of the GLA Concept SUV to the market and this report has sparked a positive hype in the market. The compact SUV segment is one of the most flourishing segments in the world at the moment and countries such as China make up the major compact SUV market. The GLA Concept is set to be unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show this week and the hype around this launch is increasing rapidly.

Priced at £25,000, the production version of the car is set to hit the market by early 2014 and will also be among the very first vehicles from Mercedes Benz to be based on the MFA Architecture apart from the A, B and CLA sedan.
The concept measures 4383 x 1978 x 1579 mm in (length x breadth x height) and Mercedes Benz claims that the production version could measure almost the same.

These dimensions make the GLA almost as big as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Range Rover Evoque. These vehicles will also rival the GLA when it will hit the European market later next year. Mercedes Benz claims that the production model of the car will be showcased at the Detroit Motor Show 2014.

The primary objective of the GLA compact SUV is to provide a larger space as compared to a sedan while performing like a sedan and handling like a coupe. A compact SUV has its sporty edge over full sized SUVs and this is their major market attraction. The big headlamps are the most unique design aspect of this concept vehicle and the vehicle packs in a host of entertainment measures as well.

Mercedes Benz however plans on continuing the exterior design of the concept vehicle on the production version of the car and this five seated SUV will sport a slightly tilted roof line to give the vehicle a sleek feel. The extended wheel arches also look great on this vehicle while the detailing on the bumper and body are expected of Mercedes Benz. Despite the fact that the GLA is based on the A Class sedans, this SUV has a sporty charm to it that is difficult to ignore.

The GLA is powered by a 2.0 liter turbo charged petrol engine displacing 208 BHP while the engine is mated to a dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission system. The GLA features a four wheel drive platform with the 4matic transmission system designed by Mercedes Benz. Mercedes Benz plans on offering the GLA on a front wheel drive platform, although this has not been officially confirmed as of yet.

The Mercedes Benz GLA45 AMG is set to be the biggest launch of the GLA Series till date and the company plans on bringing in this vehicle early next year. This vehicle will sport similar features as compared to the A45 and the A45 AMG while the engine will be tuned exclusively by AMG for the GLA 45. This car looks promising and is sure to spice up the GLA Series.
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