Mercedes-Benz will be expanding its crossover range with the addition of the new GLA-Class, a prototype of which we recently spied inside and out. Now, Auto Express reports that the small CUV will go on sale in early 2014 following its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

When the GLA arrives, Auto Express expects it to command roughly 5,000 British pounds more than its A-Class hatchback platform mate (seen in the US market as the CLA-Class sedan), for a starting price of around 20,370 pounds, or about $31,000 based on current exchange rates. Of course, that's all purely speculative at this point, but since the CLA starts at just under $30,000 here in the States, an entry point of somewhere between $30-35k for the GLA doesn't sound too far off.

The GLA will compete directly with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, and when it arrives in the States, we expect it to use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the CLA. Both front- and 4Matic all-wheel-drive models are expected to be offered, and a hotter GLA45 AMG version will follow later on. We should have the full details when the GLA is unveiled next month, if not sooner, so stay tuned.


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      Will Cheval Jr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how some of you judge the styling and design by looking at a car that's covered in camouflage. Here's to hoping you eat your words come 2014.
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      I finished off my first tank since leaving the dealership for almost 36 mpg mostly highway and break-in miles. No Mercedes, even MB hybrid cars have a hard time, can beat those numbers!
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      LEXUS CT COPY.
        MikeInNC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        not even close.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        Funny no one mentions Acura. Buick has almost doubled Acura sales this year. The shiny calipers that once represented Acura are now rusty.
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trying to get to #1 in global luxury with a fleet of front wheel drive cars. HA!
        sjmoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robbie
        And this is different from Audi and BMW how? I agree it isn't ideal for a luxury brand, but let's face it: this isn't 1985. In order to stay liquid these brands need to maintain a certain percentage of market share. The easiest way to do that is to expand into new niches.
          Shahul X
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sjmoo
          by being a Benz and not below the industry average of dependability like Audi and Bmw
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Encore! Encore! Encore!
      richardcreme
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since the Buick Encore only has about 140 hp, I'd prefer a 200 hp model like this.
      jessesrq
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the GLA arrives well equipped for under $40k, M-B will not be able to build these fast enough. Coming from a BMW owner/fan, I can see how a stylish FWD Mercedes in this hot market segment will have much wider appeal than the somewhat awkwardly styled X1.
        MikeInNC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jessesrq
        I see the argument but I prefer the X1 for the RWD. Plus, if it's 200 hp as mentioned above (I'm not sure), the X1 in the 28i trim has 240hp. They are both turbo'd cars so they should both be tweakable. The X1's styling is not too bad but it improves quite a bit with the M Sport package and you're still only at $35k at that point.
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