It was exactly one year ago when Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, launched the all-new A-Class. Sleeker and more high-tech, it looked and felt more mature than its predecessor. It was then followed by the next-generation B-Class which serves as the MPV version of the compact hatchback.
Soon, however, we'll be saying hello to the crossover version. On December 11, 2019, Mercedes-Benz will be revealing the 2020 GLA for the world to see. With just a few weeks to go before its official debut, Mercedes-Benz released several teaser photos of the all-new GLA, albeit wearing camouflage.
Despite the camo livery hiding the crossover's new design, we see that the new GLA appears to have a taller profile than before. No longer does it look like just a tall hatchback as it now appears more like a proper crossover. In fact, Mercedes-Benz claimed that the new one will be taller by more than 10 cm. This translates to a better headroom and a higher seating position for the driver.
Mercedes-Benz also said that there is now better legroom at the back despite its overall length being shorter than before. Perhaps the designers were able to extend its wheelbase without having to make the crossover itself longer.
More defined wheel arches, on the other hand, give the GLA a more muscular look. As for its front fascia design, it looks like the GLA will have a larger pair of LED headlights, along with a more prominent front grill. Short overhangs, as well as body cladding all-around, will continue to be hallmark features for the next-gen GLA.
Also set to receive a makeover are the taillights. Much like the A-Class, the new GLA looks like it will have a sleeker pair reminiscent from the hatchback. However, it appears that the square-shaped exhaust finishers will be carried over from before.
Besides giving their smallest crossover a new look, Mercedes-Benz also said that they will be giving it more high-tech features. Augmented reality displays will be making their way onto the new GLA, along with the new MBUX infotainment system. As for safety, some of the available driver-assist features will include active brake assist, emergency lane function, exit warning function which alerts drivers/passengers to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning system when pedestrians are detected near crossings.
When can we expect the all-new GLA to arrive in the country? Perhaps it will be available one year from now, just like when they launched the new A-Class last November 2018.