The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spied this week, despite the facelifted current-generation model debuting in Detroit only a week ago.

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While this test mule looks very similar to the A-Class prototype that has been spotted over the past year, this vehicle is believed to be a GLA due to its higher ride height, chunkier wheel and tyre package along with what looks to be a slightly wider track.

Like the current generation, the new GLA should share its underpinnings with the A-Class and the family of models that use the same platform, including the next-gen CLA, B-Class, and rumoured GLB crossover.

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In terms of powertrains, the GLA will also likely share most if not all of its engines with the A-Class range, which should include a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including a hi-po AMG version that is reported to approach the 300kW mark.

Other possibilities are a plug-in hybrid variant along with an all-electric version.

Expect the new GLA to follow the next-generation A-Class, with a debut reported to occur sometime in 2019 - not as distant as it seems - though don't be surprised if the new SUV is revealed sooner.

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Stay tuned to CarAdvice for updates.

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