Mercedes announces production of a new compact SUV
Mercedes-Benz has announced that an all-new compact SUV will begin production at their Rastatt Germany plant. The new compact crossover will be built alongside the B-Class and the new A-Class that rolled the first car off the assembly line yesterday that we reported here yesterday. The new SUV will share the same architecture as the new A-Class and B-Class models that are being first introduced in Europe, and will be launched here in the U.S. as the new CLA four-door coupe sometime next year.
The press release says the new compact SUV will be “sporty and emotive,” which could mean the new crossover will offer new competition for the BMW X1, Audi A3 and the Range Rover Evoque. Although Mercedes has not released specific information, the new compact SUV would likely be called the GLA. If we know how Mercedes thinks, the compact crosser will probably be sportier than the average compact SUV.
The range of engine choices will most likely be the same as the current A-Class. Reports say the European engine offerings will include three gasoline four-cylinder powerplants with displacements ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 liters and will all feature the latest direct-injection and will be turbocharged. Horsepower ratings will be around 155 on the smaller 1.6-liter, and 211 on the 2.0-liter mill.