by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Illustration: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA gets digitally rendered

We have recently reported on decision of Mercedes-Benz to greenlight the all new compact crossover under the official name GLA. Set to arrive in late 2013, the X 156 project vehicle will feature a dynamic styling, inspired by the new A-Class hatchback and CLA executive coupe.

The future GLA-Class should be more practical and spacious compared to the other models in the lineup thanks to the taller SUV shape, even though the total length of the car won't exceed 4.5 meters. The basic variants get the front-driven MFA platform, while the all-wheel-drive traction will be available as an option. However, we expect the 4MATIC system to be offered as standard equipment in conjunction with the range-topping GLA 250 petrol version and the 7G-DCT automatic gearbox. As previously said, the X 156 will share the powertrain with the A- and B-Class, so the choice of engines for the GLA stays identical and comprises units with peak outputs starting from 109 up to 211 hp.

The new compact SUV from Stuttgart will also be a summit in terms of safety, as the latest Mercedes-Benz developments in this field will make their way onto the GLA as well. No less than seven airbags and an intelligent body with crash-studied structure are on the list. Not to forget: the Collision Prevention Assist and the ATTENTION ASSIST further enhance security and will likely become very helpful partners for the driver. Connectivity aboard the car will be made easier with the introduction of the COMAND Online internet-based infotainment system with extended smartphone integration.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will celebrate world premiere at Geneva Motor Show 2014, with market launch in Europe and USA happening soon after. It's hard to foretell the entry price for this model, but to keep it attractive for younger clients, the Germans should request less than 25,000 euros / 30,000 dollars.

Image Credits: Autobild / Die Welt

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