Mercedes-Benz have produced their BMW X3 rivaling GLA for a some time now, but the compact SUV never made its way onto the right hand drive market due to high conversion costs. We all thought this was a shame as it received good comments from our opposite numbers on the continent. However, with the next generation GLA on the way that is to change.
This is the Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept and it makes its debut at the Shanghai motor show. The handsome little crossover is based upon the same platform as the new A-Class making for a neat compact package. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre 208 horsepower engine that also produces 258lb-ft of torque, the GLA maintains the current trend of small turbo engines. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic all wheel drive system. Though just a concept for now, this GLA doesn’t look to be too far away from the finished article.