With just a few days left before the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, images of the Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept compact crossover have emerged online. The little 'ute is based on the small A-Class hatchback, and though it shares an identical wheelbase, is larger in every other dimension.

Looking like a rough-and-tumble five-door hatchback on the tippy toes of its 20-inch wheels, the GLA is most certainly destined for production in a toned down form that will borrow many bits and pieces from other cars based on this platform like the aforementioned A-Class and the CLA-Class sedan. Carscoop reports that the production version of the GLA will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of this year, with sales to the public starting in 2014.

Since it's based on the A-Class, we expect that the production GLA-Class will be powered by your choice of Mercedes' 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and a diesel or two, and will offer transmissions that include the company's seven-speed DCT and perhaps a six-speed manual (at least in Europe). If the GLA follows the same path as the two cars before it, expect a GLA45 AMG producing over 300 horsepower, as well. As for what powers the GLA Concept, that just might remain a mystery until the vehicle is officially revealed in China.

Stay tuned to Autoblog this Friday night and Saturday for our live coverage of the Shanghai Motor Show.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad at all. I like it. It has a bit of a Infinit FX45 bulldog profile, with seemingly very rear wheel-drive proportions.
        briznad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Agree. It's attractive but I have to say, especially looking at the profile shot, it looks more Infiniti than MB.
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like look more than the CLA and the interior is awesome because we know it\'s a thinly disguised production interior. Nice!
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's my breakdown of this ridiculously ugly car: Buick Encore side windowline Subaru Impreza taillights kia tigernose lower grille hyundai-esque headlights and side molding Hilariously uncomfortable-looking seat seams Credit where it's due though, if they can take that truss dashboard through to production, that will be a unique touch you'd expect from a company like Spyker.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        there are only two things that are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. albert einstein
        Shahul X
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        good thing you don't design cars...
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's an ugly bugger.
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW! This is gonna be one of their biggest money makers. HOT!
      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      As much as like Benz, this is not my cup of tea. Such a blatant FX knockoff, even worse than X6!
        FierySolstice
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RomanM
        So BMW and Infiniti are the only ones that can produce that sort of body style?!? Seriously, your comment makes no sense.
        TwoBits
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RomanM
        Comments like this make me so angry. It not a blatant FX knockoff. It is observance of a trend that may have been started by other automakers. It's how the world works. Shut up.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      A good looking car but rather unnecessary in my opinion.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the design. I'm very impressed by MB cars; they make BMWs look pale.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        It must be all the silver/chrome that contrast each other.
      itchynuts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Infiniti FX knockoff
      Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice design except for that side profile. Too much of the Infiniti FX presence there.
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      suffers like it CLA brother, looks like it is trying too hard, fail mb sorry
        Victor W. Werke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MacProMan
        No, nothing is as badly concieved as the CLA, not even the infamous Jaguar X-Type!
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice looking concept, well done!! Much better then what BMW has been coming out with that's for sure!
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