German marque could bring out X2 rival with next-gen crossover
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA could be getting a 'coupe' version to tackle the likes of the BMW X2, according to a new report.
Speaking with Top Gear UK, CEO Dieter Zetsche said the new version of the A-Class-based crossover will "have two interpretations".
"And you will see a new GLA. As in other segments we’ll have two interpretations. So the GLA will be more in the SUV direction, and that will expand our scope."
"It gives us the possibility of doing something between the A-Class and the GLA," he added.
Going by Zetsche's comments, there's room for an additional crossover model that will be somewhat of a mix between a sporty hatchback and a conventional SUV.
Mercedes-Benz has already confirmed the new A-Class (above) platform will spawn at least nine different model variants – the first being the new A-Class hatchback, a sedan version aimed at China and the US, new versions of the B-Class, CLA and GLA, along with the new GLB crossover.
So far, that's six confirmed model variants off the new platform. The GLA Coupe would take that to seven, while a new-gen version of the CLA Shooting Brake would make that eight – however, there's no sign of development prototypes for a new wagon.
Mercedes has also confirmed a seven-seat model to be based on the A-Class's underpinnings, which could be in the form of the GLB, or a larger version of the B-Class to take on the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer offered overseas. Maybe both will be offered globally, we don't know yet.
However, a coupe version of the GLA seems a logical next step for the brand, considering both the larger GLC and GLE offer coupe versions that have proven rather popular – and the launch of the BMW X2 will likely fuel another like-for-like rival from Mercedes-Benz.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest updates over the coming months.
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