With BMW readying a refreshed X1 crossover for the U.S. this fall, Mercedes-Benz is looking to play Burger King to the Bavarian automaker's McDonald's, launching its own kiddie-sized crossover next year. According to Car, the new model, formerly known as BLK, is now called GLA, thanks to the marque's new nomenclature.

The GLA will share a platform with the new A-Class and B-Class, riding on what Mercedes refers to as its MFA architecture. Car says the GLA will be about the same size as the B-Class pictured above, at 174.8 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, and 59 inches tall, with a 106.2-inch wheelbase – just slightly smaller than the X1. The magazine doesn't have any specific information about what might be powering the new crossover, but says it will share powertrains with its platform-mates. This means we can probably expect the turbocharged, 208-horsepwoer, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection that we saw in the Concept Style Coupe at Beijing to be fitted underhood once the GLA arrives Stateside.


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      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does Mercedes really need another bodystyle and random set of letters & numbers? Why not just take an B Class, slap some grey plastic fenders and bumpers on it, raise the ride height, make it AWD and call it a "B Class 4-Motion"?
      richiwoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess no one can read, the vehicle pictured is the current B class, not the GLA discussed.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      These alphanumerics are getting out of control. I'm generally a big car nerd who can keep track of lots of different models, and I'm starting to get confused sometimes.
      AJP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will the diesel version be GLAD?
      sckid213
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is hideous. Looks like a Mazda5, and check out that harsh cutline right in the middle of the hood. Doesn't even look like it's aligned correctly with the front clip in many of the photos. I'm sure there has to be a more flattering color that flat white for this vehicle.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sckid213
        What is wrong with the Mazda 5 for a buyer who wants a small van/people hauler? The Mazda even comes with manual transmission.
          Evan Hayden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          Indeed. My dad has a Mazda5, and I love that thing. Nice handling and tons of storage space.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        Maybe because what you see is a B-klass.
          Tuga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          So by your logic, MB should change a perfectly simple, recognisable and sucessful name into something larger, while associating it with a well know failure because... what? Not defending their ridiculous naming system, but adding letters doesn't make it better.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
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          @Tuga
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      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 2 Years Ago
      The name is too close to LFA, Lexus.
      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crossover between what?! Has a small hatchback look to me. Side note: M-B's alphanumeric code is getting difficult to keep track of.
      rayhondafan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mercedes has to work harder to make a better 2.0 L Turbo 4. Everyone else is making 240hp or more from the same size engine.
        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rayhondafan
        There will be a 300hp+ version of this engine available on the MFA AMG models.
      Joe Schmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      The U-GLA-Y?
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pointless...
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Geez M-B, have you no shame?!
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