2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos
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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos front view

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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos
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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class spy photos
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Back in July, Mercedes-Benz officially confirmed plans for an all-new compact crossover, and now we're finally getting our first look at the new model to be called the GLA-Class. Based on the same platform used for the new A-Class and B-Class models, the GLA-Class will go up against the BMW X1.

From these spy shots, it looks like the GLA will get a sportier, more rounded shape that fits in better with the A-Class hatchback rather than other SUVs like the GL-Class and GLK-Class. Compared to the A-Class, which will likely be coming to the U.S. in 2013, the GLA-Class will be more accommodating to rear occupants with larger rear door openings. This test mule also reveals a panoramic sunroof that stretches all the way back to the C-pillar.

The GLA-Class will be built alongside the A- and B-Class in Rastatt, Germany, and it is expected to go into production in 2014. In addition to the A-Class, B-Class and GLA-Class, this platform will also underpin the CLA-Class four-door coupe and SLA-Class roadster.

There's still no word as to whether the GLA will be offered in the U.S., but recent reports that the B-Class will only be available as an EV here leaves plenty of space in the Mercedes lineup for a small utility vehicle like this.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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        audisp0rta4
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exactly. I'm so tired of hearing about some new model being built to fit in a made up niche segment of a vehicle class manufacturers invented to lure in an extra 500 customers worldwide. I feel that their resources can be better utilized elsewhere...but what do I know?!
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      I blame BMW and the people that buy their x-crap.
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeff Ross, there is clearly a difference between a test mule and a prototype. This is NOT a test mule as it's using its own body based on the final GLA design, unlike the A-Class-based mules seen weeks ago. Stop confusing people who read articles on whether or not they are seeing a test mule or an actual prototype, which refers to a pre-production version of an automobile being used for testing or design representation purposes.
        Michael C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        I'd consider it a mule. The body isn't even close to done. I could never see them putting shoulders like those on a FWD-based car (it's misleading and doesn't work well with the proportions of the car), and it has ML taillights and an A-class front end.
      sjmoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, Autoblog I think you need to check your facts a bit more closely. This is an early development mule. The platform is the GLA, but the body is simply that of an A-Class with a few pieces cobbled on to cover everything up. Other sources have discovered that the GLA is going to look like a cross between a G-Class and a GLK.
        cornellboot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sjmoo
        Actually, I think you're the one who's wrong here sjmoo. If you look at the prior test mule, the side window graphic doesn't turn up after the c pillar like it does on this new model. And the great lengths they've gone to cover the rear haunches with extra padding means this is indeed the real deal. That's the GLA.
          sjmoo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cornellboot
          Well I certainly could be wrong and it wouldn't be the first time. It simply flies in the face of the information most other automotive sources have gleaned about the GLA. I agree with all of your points, the look just doesn't align with what was previously discussed. Either way, it won't be too long until we see for sure what it looks like.
          James
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cornellboot
          Yep, the real deal. In fact it seems to be farther along than most early Mercedes-Benz prototypes that use dummy taillights and heavily covered headlights. This is usually how the pilot production models look like as those use lesser shielding, so how could it be scheduled for production in 2014 and yet look so finished? Not even the CLA started out using light disguising, so this must be scheduled for a reveal in the 6-8 months.
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sjmoo
        No, it''s a prototype. This is the final design of the GLA in disguise shielding and actually looks more like a pilot production model as against a well-disguised early prototype.
      michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      These photos seem rigged. Isnt that the red VW Up in the foreground of one of the pictures? What are the odds of having two new models by different companies in the same picture?
        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @michael
        Are you trolling? Please tell me you're trolling... Jeebus...
          icerabbit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          So how do you explain the new red Up in photo three?
          Tuga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          @icerabbit Oh, i dunno... Someone somewhere bought a red Up!, maybe?
      Randy Perkins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crossover...what a strange name for an SUV....
      • 2 Years Ago
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      gatlindoug
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you have not seen the movie TAKEN 2 save your money ,,its crap
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      It\'s about time Mercedes Benz built their own Dodge Caliber.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      those A and B platforms really make benz cars look ugly.
      brotherhugh573
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mercedes Aztek. I'll keep my E350 wagon, thank you.
      Tuga
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a bad feeling about this one... there's something weird going on in the C pillar. It may be the camo, but it looks really messy.
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