The leaked press shots reveal the complete interior and exterior styling of the compact Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover concept, which should morph largely unchanged into the production model set to debut later this year ahead of its Australian arrival in 2014.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will become the fourth model built on the German manufacturer’s MFA (Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture), joining the A-Class hatch, B-Class mini MPV and CLA-Class ‘four-door coupe’.
It will inherit engines, transmissions and other mechanical components from its MFA siblings, including the 265kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor for the GLA45 AMG performance flagship.
The GLA concept shares design elements with the A-Class, including an upright grille with prominent three-pointed star badge, rounded headlights, a shallow glasshouse above contoured door panels, and smooth C-shaped LED tail-lights in the tailgate.
Distinguishing the GLA-Class as an off-road-oriented version of its MFA siblings are aggressive lower front air intakes, chunky wheel arches bordered with plastic cladding, large alloys wrapped in off-road tyres, roof rails, an expansive protection panel on the rear bumper, and extra ground clearance.
The cabin features a unique combination of white, grey and tan materials, metal highlights and striking air vents. Expect tamer styling for the production GLA-Class, more in line with the A-Class, and a second-row bench to replace the concept’s individual rear seats.
More images and details of the Mercedes-Benz GLA concept will be revealed over the coming days. The Shanghai show kicks off on April 20.