Spy Shots: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spotted testing on public roads in Europe. Here's what we know so far. 

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Curiously, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is taking its time to reach production. The hatchback A-Class has been on sale globally since 2018, the A-Class sedan is about to launch in South Africa and the new CLA sedan is due for imminent global release. You'd think the GLA baby SUV would be further along in its development, but from what we're told, it's only going to be sold in 2020 as a 2021 model. 

Sharing the same platform as the A-Class hatchback, the new GLA will bring similar levels of sharp looks and digitally connected cabin with MBUX. The GLA will sit higher than the A-Class with a tad more ground clearance, giving it some offroad prowess and we expect some models to feature 4Matic all-wheel drive. In terms of engines, you're looking at compact petrol, diesel and potentially plug-in hybrid models. We'll be surprised if there isn't an AMG option following on later. It will be interesting to see its positioning and price in relation to the recently announced GLB 7-seater. 

Further Reading:

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