Next-Gen Mercedes GLA Caught Testing Using A-Class Mule

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

It’s barely been a week since the refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover debuted and already the automaker has begun initial testing for the next-generation model.

The updated GLA bowed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last week, with refinements and enhancements to hold it over until the next-generation model arrives. Mercedes-Benz isn’t wasting anytime on developing the new GLA, as spy photographers have caught a Mercedes A-Class prototype serving as a mule for testing purposes. Considering the new A-Class and GLA models will share the same platform, it’s no surprise the German automaker is using the A-Class for early testing.

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The mule has a higher ride height, larger wheels and tires and what appears to be a slightly wider track, all evidence that this is being used to test the new GLA. The next-generation model isn’t set to arrive until late 2019 or early 2020, so there will still be plenty of time before spy photographers will manage to catch Mercedes-Benz testing the actual body.

Like the existing model, expect to see a range of gasoline engines available, as well as a high-performance AMG variant. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the company adds an electrified variant to the lineup.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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