Next Mercedes GLA Spied Looking More Production Ready

A prototype for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA compact crossover has been spied testing in Germany.

The new GLA was first spotted undergoing cold weather testing earlier this year, however these recent spy shots show the crossover looking a bit more production ready. It was previously seen wearing more camouflage, but this time around we can make out the slender LED tail lamps, LED daytime running lights and some of the body lines. This prototype looks very much like prototypes for the next-generation Mercedes A-Class that have been spotted, supporting theories the new GLA and A-Class will appear largely similar.

The next-gen GLA, along with the CLA, will also have a cabin similar to that of the next A-Class. It should appear similar to other vehicles in the Mercedes range such as the E-Class and S-Class, with twin digital displays for the instruments and the infotainment system.

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Underpinning Mercedes’ new line of compact cars and crossovers will be an updated version of its MFA modular front-wheel drive architecture. In North America, the 208 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will likely make a return, while AMG versions should receive a hotter version of the 355 horsepower 2.0-liter currently found in the GLA45 and CLA45.

Look for the new GLA and related CLA and A-Class to debut sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.

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