Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV headed for Frankfurt
Pictures of the much-awaited Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class compact luxury SUV have finally emerged ahead of its debut at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And straight off we can say that the GLA, with its family design cues, is quite a looker!
Based on the A-Class hatchback, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class seeks to capitalise on the current global appetite for compact luxury SUVs. The target segment for Mercedes will be young customers with fat wallets when the vehicle launches late 2014.
Featuring the Mercedes-Benz family design language, the new GLA gets a bold grille with the large three-pointed star logo at the centre. The headlights, with daytime running LEDs, too have the familiar sweptback design of recent Mercedes-Benz models. Despite the flared air intakes on the front bumper and slight bulge for a power dome on the bonnet, the GLA’s ride height and compact dimensions do give the GLA a more crossover-like stance rather than a proper SUV’s. It’s a tad too sleek for its own good, perhaps. And the rear of the GLA is identical to the A-Class’ apart from the larger tail light cluster and rear air diffuser.