Mercedes-Benz has formally unveiled its Concept GLA at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The Concept GLA aims to give a preview of the brand's future plans for its next premium crossover vehicle.

The Concept GLA holds up to Mercedes-Benz's evolving design cues and features exterior body panels that's closer to reality than most concept cars. Although some of its features that were highlighted on the GLA was farfetched like the laser-projector equipped front headlamps and the dual cameras mounted on the roof rails.

Aside from the said features, the Concept GLA, once approved for production, will be powered by a 211hp turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine that's mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch gearbox. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system will ensure that the car will always have maximum traction on rough and slippery terrain.

“We began the A-Class success story here in Shanghai in 2011. Two years later, on exactly the same spot, we are presenting the Concept GLA, which provides a preview of the sportiest model in the compact premium SUV segment – an extremely interesting vehicle that brings additional momentum to our ongoing offensive in the compact premium class. Just like the A-class, the GLA offers an attractive overall package – also for customers who perhaps, until now, have not had our brand on their shopping list.” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Simultaneously, the German automaker celebrates its 100th year of selling Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China this year. Dr. Zetsche even announced that they are planning to add at least 50 more dealerships to its already massive 250 Mercedes-Benz outlets this year.