The term "crossover" is a bit of a catch-all. Here we have spy shots of Mercedes' new crossover, but it hardly looks any taller than the A-Class hatchback it's based on. So what gives? Simple: Americans buy crossovers, but they don't buy hatchbacks. Not in any significant numbers, anyway. First spied last month from far away, the GLA has now been snapped in close priximity, giving us a closer look at what to expect from the Silver Star that will challenge the Audi Q3
and BMW X1
- another low-slung German "crossover".