2018-2019 Mercedes GLA Concept show in April. The production version is expected in September


2018-2019 Mercedes-benz plans to launch a new compact crossover, which is likely to receive GLA index and share a platform with the recently introduced CLA class.

Last week, at a press conference in Germany, 2018-2019 Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the conceptual model of the crossover we will see during the Shanghai Motor Show in April , but the production version will appear before the public in September in Frankfurt.

Private show concept car could be held earlier as part of New York International Auto Show in late March. Similarly, the model has been shown and CLA Class in Detroit.

GLA is positioned as a competitor to the Range Rover’s the Evoque , the BMW the X1 , the Lincoln MKC, and, to a lesser extent, the MINI Countryman is . Judging by the numerous spy photos and video , the novelty will receive a more sporty and aggressive design, not characteristic of the other SUV of the German manufacturer.

At the same conference, Zetsche said that the company is preparing a plant in Tuscaloosa (Alabama, USA) for the production of the other all-terrain models based on M-class crossover (mule spy photos we published earlier ), which will compete with the BMW X6 and the future Audi Q6.

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