Mercedes Compact Crossover Confirmed for Production

Mercedes Compact Crossover Confirmed for Production

Mercedes-Benz just confirmed that it will build a small crossover based on the A-Class (pictured above), to come from the same factory and compete with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

Official information about the small crossover is still unavailable, but it will likely be called the GLA. When it debuts, the Mercedes will offer new competition to the Audi A3 and BMW X1, which is already sold in Canada, but headed to the U.S. in the 2013 model year.

Expect to see a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four under the hood, which will slot the Merc in nicely to compete with Audi’s four-cylinder crossover.

While Mercedes already announced that it plans to offer the new A-Class in the U.S. market some time in the future, it isn’t actually clear if the crossover based on the same architecture will make it overseas.

A vehicle that would appeal to utility vehicle buyers while maintaining similar efficiency to the A-Class would make sense, but then again there isn’t even an announced date for the new A-Class to sell in the U.S. either.