The smallest and cheapest crossover SUV is Mercedes family, the GLA-class received subtle cosmetic changes inside and out for the 2018 version. Mercedes also changed the instrument cluster design and made a review camera and an 8-inch touchscreen standard features. However, the German auto giant has big plans for its SUV range by the end of the decade and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is the part of massive overhaul offensive.
The model was spotted in the testing suite and we don’t expect to stray far from the current design language. However, bigger and more important upgrades will happen under the skin where the model will adopt heavily revised platform version. The A-class related crossover will also use engines expected to appear in the new version of this hatchback. The interior will also be the host of big changes and model will also get latest tech and safety equipment.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Design, New Platform
Judging by the prototype photos and considering recent styling refresh, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA won’t depart far from the current exterior style. The model seems to get tougher body lines and more-pointing nose. The difference will also make new LED headlights and rear light units.
More important will be the changes under the skin. The new-generation version will be based on the MFA platform that underpins current A-Class and GLA models but we are now speaking about the second generation of this architecture. Consequently, the new platform version will be called the MFA2 and will bring better torsion rigidity combined with weight savings. The benefits will be on model’s performance and fuel economy plus the new powertrain capability. The new model could also bring the increase in width and wheelbase for better comfort and stability.
While the exterior won’t be the subject of radical changes, the cabin will introduce redesigned architecture. The interior will get better materials and simplified dash setup combined with larger displays.
The new GLA-class will get the new version of the COMMAND infotainment system probably with the redesigned touchpad. Expect also the new-generation of semi-autonomous driving technology. The model will offer some of the active safety systems as standard features while more will come as options. The semi-autonomous driving will be possible on highways and during traffic jams.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Powertrains
As for the engine options, the redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be powered by the range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Gas-sipping options will range from 1.6-liter to diverse versions of 2.0-liter units, of course, depending on the market. The US version will likely stick with the 2.0-liter units. Mercedes will also offer new 1.6-liter diesel mills worldwide.
The Mercedes AMG version will again be at the top of the of range. This time the power will come from the new 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine that will outperform the current 375 hp with more than 400 hp.
The new platform generation could also bring the electrified powertrain option during the life cycle of the new generation. What is sure, it will provide better driving performance and efficiency.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA will likely debut in 2019 so it could come as the 2020 model as well. The price will likely increase considering the new level of tech and features but not radically.