Mercedes Benz GLA Class
(1st Gen)

1st Gen Mercedes Benz GLA Class Front Image
  • Model Year 2017 to Onwards
  • Class Compact Crossover SUV
  • Layout Front-Engine, FWD
    Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 4-door SUV
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The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a front-engine, front or four wheel drive five-door sport car crossover SUV automobile unveiled by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was previously unveiled to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 as a concept car. The name GLA was devised in accordance with the revised Mercedes-Benz nomenclature for SUVs. This was formally announced in November 2014 to begin rollout in 2015. However, the GLA-Class name was already compliant with the naming structure since its debut. Under this scheme, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for gelandewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "A", the GLA being the SUV equivalent to the A-Class. Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Since 2016, it has been imported and sold by Nissan through its Infiniti Brand in North America as the Infiniti QX30 with only minor detail/appearance differences mechanically, the two cars are almost identical. It slots below the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, renamed GLC-Class from 2015. The GLA-Class is powered by a range of petrol and diesel 4-cylinder engines, and comes in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive 4-Matic. Mercedes unveiled a mid-life facelift of the GLA SUV at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January 2017. The updated model came with some cosmetic tweaks on the outside, including a redesigned grille, new front and rear bumpers and updated 18-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, the bi-xenon headlamps of the previous models were replaced by all LED units, while the taillights too were all LED and got a new design pattern. A new Canyon Beige colour option was also added. The interiors carried forward the same dashboard layout, though the infotainment system received a new 8.0-inch screen that was located on top of the centre console in a free-standing layout.

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