Mercedes' entry-level SUV is set to receive a big makeover when it's unveiled next month.
Mercedes-Benz has dropped a teaser of the next-gen GLA that reveals the car's shadowy silhouette. Though it doesn't let out definitive design cues of the second-gen model, the simple teaser is more than enough to reveal some crucial changes made to the GLA's design. As for other details, not much is known at this point. But Mercedes has given some basic pointers about the new model's dimensions. To start with, the second-gen GLA will be taller by 10cm (or 100mm). Yes, you read that correctly. The teaser and the images of camouflaged prototypes also support this fact, as the new GLA definitely resembles the GLC more than ever. Mercedes says this change 'allows a higher, characteristic SUV seating position and more headroom in the first row'.
Interestingly, the new GLA will be 15mm shorter than its predecessor and yet, the 'legroom in the rear will be much more generous'. This has been achieved by stretching out the wheelbase a bit. Further, Mercedes claims the new GLA will get a more off-road centric design, courtesy of short front & rear overhangs, protective cladding all around the body and a more upright front section.
As is the case with all new Mercedes models, the next-gen GLA will also offer an updated suite of safety & driving assist systems. The updates are likely to come in the form of a warning system for pedestrians (linked to the car's radar-based detectors), an Active Brake Assist function and a car-exit warning function, informing the driver about any approaching vehicle/pedestrian.
The new GLA will also go down in history as the first Mercedes-Benz model to have a purely-digital world premiere.