Shanghai 2013 Preview: Mercedes-Benz to showcase Concept GLA

Shanghai 2013 Preview: Mercedes-Benz to showcase Concept GLA image

Text: / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted April 18, 2013 18:22

Headlamps with laser technology

Mercedes-Benz will be putting on display a compact premium-class SUV at the Auto Shanghai motor show this weekend in the form of the Concept GLA. The concept features a unique approach on headlamps which features laser technology.

The front headlamps of the Concept GLA are each fitted with a laser-beam projector. These not only provide the light to drive by, but are also capable of projecting pictures or films onto a screen or other surface from from a smartphone, the internet, or from a hard drive.


It's design features 'softcubes', which are basically soft pads that are placed on the radiator grille, side sill panels, and exhaust tailpipes to give definition. While supporting struts on the door mirrors and under ride guard give it a rugged treatment. The paint finish is aptly named silver Alubeam, and was used to highlight the Concept GLA's curves and power domes.


Behind the compact SUV's sporty grilles is the 211 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that's mated to 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission to turn all four wheels via the brand's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. It rideson 20-inch wheels featuring a five-spoke turbine design.

The interior meanwhile reflects the sophistication of current Mercedes-Benz models. It features seats for four people and used leather and aluminum materials extensively. The air vents in the instrument panel as well as in the rear represent a further stylistic development of the vents used in the Concept A-CLASS and Concept Style Coupé, and are likewise illuminated from behind. They change color according to the interior temperature, white for 22 degree Celsius, blue for a lower temperature, and red for a higher one.


"The Concept GLA is a compact SUV that combines its sporting spirit with the all-round qualities of a tough, leisure-time companion. 'Escape the everyday' is the message that this car conveys to its driver. It also makes clear the further potential of our compact vehicle architecture, which provides the basis for the A- and B-Class models that led the German market in their respective segments in the first quarter of 2013." commented Dr Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing.