Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept revealed

Mercedes-Benz has released the first images of the GLA Concept ahead of its public debut on Saturday at 2013 Auto Shanghai.

The GLA concept is based on the new A-Class platform, sharing an identical wheelbase, but is larger in every other dimension. The crossover is 4.38m long, 1.97m wide and 1.57m tall.

The concept car has a bonnet with powerdomes, bold grille, sweptback headlights, big centrally positioned star logo, raked windscreen, roof rails, muscular wheel arches, dual exhaust and rides on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 255/45 R20 tyres.

The GLA Concept is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque linked to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

The production version is expected to debut in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show and will be toned down a bit.

Engine choices will likely carry over from the A-Class, meaning we will see a wide range of 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines producing up to 211bhp. AMG variant is also already in development and will deliver around 360bhp.


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