Mercedes-Benz will unveil the new GLA-Class tomorrow.
Mercedes-Benz is preparing to reveal a brand-new GLA-Class on Wednesday, and the automaker is whetting our appetites with a revealing design sketch depicting the crossover's sleek new design. The wraps will officially come off December 11 at 2:00 pm CET - or 8:00 am EST, if you live in the US.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class represents a vitally important model line for the German automaker, with nearly one million examples sold worldwide just since the first-generation GLA's launch in 2014. Even outside of the GLA-Class, compact vehicles have become big business for Mercedes, which worldwide offers seven different models based on its latest MFA II small-car platform. The second-generation Mercedes-Benz will make eight.
Obviously, we won't know the full details until the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is unveiled on Wednesday, but we already know that the dimensions have changed considerably. Keen to offer expanded interior space for passengers, Mercedes has increased the height of the new GLA by a whopping 100 mm or so - nearly 4 inches - for extra headroom. The effect is a second-generation GLA-Class that looks decidedly more "crossover" than its predecessor.
Meanwhile, the wheelbase has grown by 30 mm - more than an inch - for greater second-row legroom, even while the overall length of the vehicle is some 20 mm shorter. Second-row seats are now afforded slide and recline adjustability, as a result.
Going off of Mercedes's design sketch, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class appears to retain approximately the same sloping roofline, hatch spoiler, and rectangular exhaust exits as the outgoing model, but it looks demonstrably thicker and more SUV-like in its proportions. The appearance of the taillights has changed considerably, with big hoop graphics more in line with the units worn by models such as the all-new A-Class and GLB-Class.
The sketch shared by Mercedes-Benz shows the new GLA riding on some humongous wheels - like seriously, ridiculously large wheels - but we doubt the production units will be quite so big.
The all-new, 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is expected to go on sale in early-to-mid 2020, with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, speed limit assist, and driver attention monitoring all fitted as standard.