Finally, Some Heat: Mercedes-Benz Teases a Twin-free GLA

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
finally some heat mercedes benz teases a twin free gla

Every TTAC reader’s favorite Mercedes-Benz, the subcompact GLA, will soon appear with a new body in tow. It’s taller and more bulbous than before, but it’s also more suited to the segment it’s supposedly a member of: the subcompact crossover segment.

The previous GLA, which had an unhappy sibling in the form of the now-defunct Infiniti QX30, suffered from practicality concerns. With its small overall size and low roofline, interior volume was hardly cavernous. This time around, Mercedes-Benz wants to correct past mistakes.

The sketch you see here comes shortly before Wednesday’s German unveiling of the new 2021 GLA-class, which will eventually make its way to this side of the Atlantic. Sporting hilariously oversized wheels, the sketch takes liberties the production version won’t.

Gone is the platform found beneath the first-generation model and its Infiniti twin. In its place, the taught front-biased architecture found beneath the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. This spells more legroom for rear-seat passengers, thankfully, as the upcoming GLA’s wheelbase stretches further than before (detailed specs to come). The automaker has said in the past that overall length will shrink by six-tenths of an inch, with the roofline reaching skyward by an extra four-tenths of an inch.

What this means for interior volume remains to be seen.

Like the other models plunked on this platform, expect plenty of youth-chasing tech in the cabin, including the latest version of Benz’s MBUX infotainment system. Front-end styling probably won’t diverge much from the A- and CLA-Class. Like before, expect the guys and gals at AMG to work over this pint-sized people mover for added performance. A hybrid should also be in the offing.

[Image: Daimler AG]

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  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed speed!!There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents. For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and is slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin. Deja vu……
  • Michael Eck With those mods, I wonder if it's tuned...
  • Mike-NB2 I'm not a Jeep guy, but I really, really like the 1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept.