The upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA was spied on the road testing. According to the newest spy shots, a compact crossover SUV will arrive with some major changes and upgrades. The new platform and probable hybrid variant are the most significant changes.
However, both exterior and interior will introduce further updates. The GLA model will offer numerous engine choices and an optional all-wheel-drive system. The price will stay affordable for such a premium SUV. Latest changes will make 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA more attractive and more practical. The price will be slightly increased but still in line with its rivals.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Design, Platform
The all-new 2020 Mercedes Benz GLA will get the new-gen MFA platform. The same platform underpins literally all of the Mercedes’ compact models. The new architecture is lighter than the current one. Aerodynamics are additionally improved so the fuel economy rating will be much better now. Also, new GLA will be slightly larger than its predecessor.
Taller ride height is another innovation. Design-wise, GLA won’t introduce any significant changes. Some cues are slightly revised and new crossover SUV will be even more attractive. To complete numerous updates, Mercedes offers wider wheel arches.
The interior of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be more spacious. New and larger platform is the main reason for such an improvement. Comfort is better than before and rear seats will be additionally improved. Synthetic leather upholstery is available on the base model and real leather is standard only on higher trim levels.
The base model comes with plenty of standard equipment. That includes Bluetooth, rearview camera, 8-inch touchscreen. Also, dual-zone climate control is available. Optional equipment includes a panoramic sunroof and a premium Harman Kardon audio system. This system comes with 12 speakers. The infotainment system is up to date and we can expect more safety systems.
Powertrain Options and Performance
There will be several engine options under the hood of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA. For the start, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine provides 114 HP and 192 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 148 horses and 187 lb-ft of torque. Besides diesel options, the gasoline unit is available as well. A 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine returns 107 HP. However, you can opt for the same engine that delivers 134 hp and 160 hp. Mercedes-Benz GLA is also available with a 2.0-liter unit that cranks out 221 horsepower.
A special GLA45 variant will use another 2.0-liter that manages to produce up to 400 horses. New platform most likely means that the hybrid variant will be another option. However, there are still no words from Mercedes about this topic. Surely, a hybrid variant will deliver great mileage and slightly better performances.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Release Date and Cost
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA will hit the markets in the third quarter of 2019. The starting price for the base model will be slightly increased. And while the current model costs $34,000 the 2020 GLA will start at around $35,500.