Crossover

Mercedes Tease GLA Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

Design sketches preview the latest edition to the compact range.

We’ve spied it up close and seen it in concept form at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, but next month Mercedes-Benz will finally take the wraps of its brand-new GLA crossover it has teased in sketch form. Set to join the A-Class and CLA in Mercedes’ new compact family, the GLA will challenge the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 in the battle of the low-slung crossovers the American market can’t get enough of. Powerplants and transmissions will likely be carried over from the A- and B-Class models, topped by a 360-hp 2.0-liter turbo in the GLA45 AMG.

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