Mercedes Confirms A-Based GLA Crossover

The automaker has plans for five different compact models, including a coupe and crossover.

Upon announcing the first new A-Class has rolled off the production line in Rastatt, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will soon be joined by a new compact crossover. Dubbed the GLA-Class, the new crossover has been on the automaker's radar for years, but has now been made official. 1.2 billion Euros has been invested in the Rastatt plant for the production of new compact models, starting with the B-Class last September, the new A-Class and a further three models to follow.

With an engine lineup shared with the A- and B-Class, the GLA will target the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, and will be followed by coupe version and likely convertible. An AMG variant could follow, and there's a strong chance the GLA will make it Stateside with a market launch as early as 2014. Images shown are of the GLK, A-Class and B-Class.

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