Spy Images of the Latest SUVs from Mercedes Benz and BMW Leaked
|   Friday, June 21, 2013
The strong designing sense of the latest Mercedes Benz GLA Concept had turned many heads. However the sharp designing attributes of the Concept have been left out in the production version of the vehicle, which was recently spied testing at Nurburgring. The test mule is expected to be ready for production by early 2014 and the first batch could reach customers by late 2014.

The GLA Concept was showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show back in April and the vehicle was much appreciated, more for its unconventional design and performance.
However, by the time the production ready test mule was designed, engineers considered the GLA Concept to be overrated and overdone. As a result, the design had to be toned down a bit and the new vehicle takes design cues from the latest A Class sedans.

The spy images showcase that the GLA does represent the A Class more than its original Concept. The production ready version remains its sleek and aggressive look although the exterior is rounded at parts. The GLA is the best reply Mercedes Benz has given to the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. The GLA features similar all wheel drive and front wheel drive chassis of the A and B Class along with the CLA although the basic dimensions of this vehicle are larger than that of its predecessor.

Although the details of the mechanical specification of this vehicle have not been revealed as of yet, the GLA is expected to be powered by the same drive train as used in the CLA and the A Class. The all wheel drive version could sport a 2.0 liter turbo charged petrol engine displacing 335 BHP.
Latest spy pictures have also revealed the true form of the next generation BMW 1 Series GT. Although the interior of the car was not revealed to the public previously, the shroud have been lifted off the interior as the spy images showcases every little detail regarding the car even though the exterior was highly camouflaged.

While the AC controls have been shifted behind the transmission system, the radio unit has undergone a massive change. An LWB version is undergoing tests at the moment in Germany and is expected to be up for sale fall 2015. This vehicle will rival the Mercedes Benz B Class. Therefore, the competition in the market is set to intensify within the next few years. This vehicle is based on the BMW Active Tourer Concept and was showcased at the Paris International Motor Show back in 2012. However, the current production ready version varies greatly from its concept version and this includes both exterior and interior changes.

BMW plans on offering the latest 1 Series GT in two distinct wheel base options although this has not been confirmed officially. Longer wheel base would equal to more interior space and BMW is currently looking into the side effects of such an action. If performance is affected in any way, this idea will be scrapped.
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