Mercedes Working on a New Compact SUV To Compete with BMW X1

We know that Mercedes is planning for its small car series, A-Class. But what we don’t know is that Mercedes might be introducing more small compact cars, including the CSC concept that was displayed at the China Auto Show 2012.

The more important news as reported by Car Magazine is that Mercedes is working on a A-Class SUV that would go head-on with chief rival as BMW X1 and also the Audi’s Q3.

  • The new compact SUV would be labeled as GLA. Mercedes will use the letter ‘G’ as suffix for SUVs and Crossovers.
  • The GLA will share its MFA platform (Mercedes Front-Wheel Drive Architecture) and would have a 2700mm long wheelbase and is expected to be 4440mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1500mm in height. Boot is expected to offer 500 liters of space.
  • It is imperative that this new SUV would share the 4 cylinder turbodiesels and direct-injection petrol powerplants along with transmissions as well as the front wheel or 4 wheel drive systems with the A-Class range.
  • This compact SUV is expected to get launched in the market possibly somewhere in end 2013 or 2014.


This model would give Mercedes the much needed head-on competition to the highest seller BMW in India as well (if launched). Let us wait for more clarification from Mercedes on this car.



Saad Khan

Editor MotorBash


Source: Car Magazine


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