Mercedes Benz have just unveiled the all-new GLA. It’s the German firm’s smallest SUV, and borrows styling cues from both the current A-Class (on which it’s based) and many of the larger models from the current Mercedes Benz SUV range.
The new GLA is taller than the vehicle it replaces, which means a higher driving position and a better view of the road ahead for drivers. It looks chunkier than the current model too, with many obvious SUV styling features including black plastic body cladding and ruggedly styled wheel arches. There’s also a huge new grille at the front and a wider tailgate opening at the back.
On the inside, Mercedes are keen to point out the extra space in the new model, with improved rear legroom, a new sliding rear bench and more boot space than the outgoing model.
Tech-wise, all models will feature Mercedes’ new ‘MBUX’ infotainment system, with screens available in three different sizes, including a whopping ‘widescreen’ option with two 10.25-inch displays. An Active Brake Assist system is fitted as standard, with autonomous braking to help drivers avoid a collision (or at the very least reduce its severity).
Engines will mirror what’s available in the A-Class, with the most-popular amongst Motability drivers likely to be the GLA 200 option, a 1.3-litre petrol engine with 161 BHP and claimed emissions of 129 g/km of CO2. Plug-in hybrid and electric versions are planned for the future.
When it's launched the new 2020 Mercedes GLA SUV will compete with other premium small SUVs like the Volvo XC40, the BMW X1 and X2 and Audi Q2 for the attention of Motability Scheme drivers. Retail customers will be able to order the new Mercedes-Benz GLA from the spring of next year. Motability customers interested in a new GLA should be able to place their order soon after.