Even though it came out less than two years ago, details about the second generation of Daimler’s small premium crossover are already starting to hit the web. The model is likely bound to go on sale sometime around 2019 and will allegedly grow in size a little bit compared to the current car and this should enable a more spacious interior cabin granting more headroom and legroom, especially for the passengers sitting in the back.
This is very good news taking into account Mercedes-Benz has been heavily criticized for the crammed cabins of its A-Class-based models as most of them have limited room for the rear seats. Those who want a more dynamic GLA should wait for this second generation which will allegedly spawn a coupe version in the same vein as the larger GLC Coupe and GLE Coupe. It will be interesting to see how the GLA Coupe will look like taking into account the current model already has a sloping roofline.
According to Auto Bild, the 2019 GLA is set to receive at least one plug-in hybrid version and an upgraded specification of the dual-clutch, nine-speed gearbox. The model will ride on the second generation of the MFA platform which is set to underpin all of Daimler’s models from the A-Class lineup.
It’s not known at this point by how much the second-gen GLA will grow in size, but chances are the difference won’t be very significant taking into account that making much bigger would clash with the GLC and the two models would overlap and Mercedes-Benz certainly wants to avoid that.
Until an all-new GLA, the current generation is bound to receive a facelift most likely sometime next year and will bring some subtle styling tweaks both inside and out along with minor upgrades in the engine compartment.
Source: Auto Bild